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Abrupt cessation of atrial fibrillation in a neurosurgical patient: Does positioning matter?

 Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

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Shalvi Mahajan,
Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, PGIMER, Chandigarh - 160 012
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DOI: 10.4103/ajns.AJNS_192_20

Atrial fibrillation (AF) has been associated with cancer. However, the literature regarding the occurrence of AF in patients with brain tumors is limited. Neuroanatomic connections between the brain and the heart may affect heart rate and rhythm. We discuss a case of transient AF in a 64-year-old female who was operated for a right-sided sphenoid wing meningioma. The AF might have been related to the positioning of the head and neck of the patient, in whom the intracranial compliance was reduced due to the brain tumor.

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