Transient Complete Heart Block Occurring during Nasal Irrigation
Cardiac standstill associated with surgical work about the eyes, nose, and throat occurs but is not frequent.
A case is reported in which the patient collapsed while receiving a treatment with a jet spray in the sphenoid sinus area. There developed heart block and cerebral and myocardial damage. Vagal stimulation with inhibition of the heart beat is suggested as the probable cause.
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