Chemical Burn Injury Secondary to Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography

Steven G. Venticinque, Vikram S. Kashyap, Robert J. O'Connell*

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We describe a case of a 72-yr-old male who suffered aerodigestive tract chemical injury resulting from a probable post-processing residual of the high-level disinfectant solution Cidex® OPA (orthophthalaldehyde) used to disinfect the transesophageal echocardiogram probe used for cardiac monitoring during general anesthesia. This case highlights the need for strict adherence to manufacturers' instructions when using chemical disinfectants for transesophageal echocardiogram probe reprocessing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1260-1261
Number of pages2
JournalAnesthesia and Analgesia
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2003
Externally publishedYes


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