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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 1992;25(5):1011-1014.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.1992.25.5.1011   
Rupture of Hedden Cerebral Aneurysm during Induction of General Anesthesia.
In Ok Suh, Youn Kyu Kim, Sae Yune Kim, Jae Kyu Cheun
Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine, Keimyung University, Taegu, Korea.
Unexplained incidental intracranial hemorrhages during induction of general anesthesia are very rare. When it dose occur, anesthetists are involved in serious problems which can lead to disaster. We had a case where a hidden cerebral aneurysm ruptured during the induction in a patient. A 56 year old female was scheduled for a skin graft procedure on her face, anterior chest and both arms. For general anesthesia, she was induced with 300 mg of thiopental and 75 mg of succinylcholine. This was followed by endotraeheal intubation. The Anesthesia was maintained with N2O/O2 and enflurane. Appoximately 10 minutes after the induction was started the patient's pupil became fully dilated and we observed that her light reflexes were gone. Consequently, all anesthetics were discontinued, and the schedule was cancelled. She had a brain CT taken which showed subarachnoid hemorrhage. She died of rebleeding from cerebral aneurysm on the 12th postoperative day during the recovery process.
Key Words: General anesthesia; Tracheal intuhation; Subarachnoid hemorrhage


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