Anesth Pain Med.  2012 Jan;7(1):41-44.

Percutaneous cardiopulmonary support for the management of recurrent cardiac arrest during scoliosis correction surgery in the prone position: A case report

  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, College of Medicine, Jeju National University, Jeju, Korea.
  • 2Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea.


Effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is difficult for a patient undergoing surgery in the prone position. We report a successful CPR in a prone-positioned patient. This case is the first case report of successful management of recurrent cardiac arrest using percutaneous cardiopulmonary support (PCPS) during a prone-position surgery. A 18-year-old female patient with severe scoliosis underwent a deformity correction surgery. Sudden cardiac arrest occurred immediately after the insertion of a rod in the surgical field for correcting the spine alignment. The patient's position was promptly changed to the supine position, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed. After the return of spontaneous circulation, the second operation was followed after three weeks. During the second operation, cardiac arrest recurrently occurred whenever the rod was inserted. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed in a prone position. After returing of spontaneous circulation, patient was repositioned to a supine position and the PCPS was started. Under PCPS support, the operation was successfully completed in a prone position, and the patient was successfully weaned from PCPS.


Cardiac arrest; Percutaneous cardiopulmonary support; Prone position

MeSH Terms

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Congenital Abnormalities
Death, Sudden, Cardiac
Heart Arrest
Prone Position
Supine Position
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