A patient with Down syndrome and severe retardation and Eisenmenger syndrome sought dental treatment at the Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital Dental Service. Eisenmenger syndrome is a form of cyanotic congenital cardiovascular pulmonary disease. The cardiac structural abnormalities associated with Eisenmenger syndrome preclude the use of conscious sedation and predispose a patient to the development of bacterial endocarditis. A prophylactic antibiotic regimen is recommended for patients with Eisenmenger syndrome who are undergoing procedures that produce a transient bacteremia. This article reviews the appropriate measures necessary for the safe anesthetic, operative, and perioperative care of a severely compromised patient. It is based on an understanding of the patho physiology associated with Eisenmenger syndrome.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Special Care in Dentistry|
|State||Published - Mar 1990|
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