Coronary spasm and cardiac arrest from carcinoid crisis during laser bronchoscopy

Atul C. Mehta, Albert L. Rafanan, Reginald Bulkley, Michael Walsh, Glenn E. DeBoer

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Bronchoscopic manipulation of an endobronchial carcinoid can precipitate a carcinoid crisis. Coronary artery spasm is an uncommon manifestation of carcinoid crisis, and has never been reported as a complication of flexible bronchoscopy. We report a ease of a 10-year-old girl who developed coronary artery spasm and cardiac arrest during neodymium-yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd- YAG) laser photoresection of an endobronchial carcinoid. Recognition of this unusual presentation of a carcinoid crisis is important as the treatment approach differs from standard resuscitation protocols.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)598-600
Number of pages3
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999


  • Bronchoscopy
  • Carcinoid crisis
  • Carcinoid tumor
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Laser


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