Bradycardia during cold ocular irrigation under general anaesthesia: an example of the diving reflex

George A. Arndt*, M. Christine Stock

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Abstract

A case of bradycardia is reported which was precipitated by cold normal saline applied to the eye during general anaesthesia. The history and physiology of the diving reflex is discussed and we believe that these data suggest that this patients brady-cardia was induced by the diving reflex, and not by the oculocardiac reflex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)511-514
Number of pages4
JournalCanadian Journal of Anaesthesia
Volume40
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1993

Keywords

  • bradycardia: diving reflex
  • heart: arrhythmia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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