BACKGROUND: Cardiac sarcoidosis (CS) causes severe conduction abnormalities and arrhythmias. CS patients are increasingly being treated with cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillators (CRT-Ds). For the first time, we report the anesthetic management of a CS patient with a CRT-D.
CASE PRESENTATION: A 65-year-old male with an implanted CRT-D due to CS was scheduled for a laparoscopy-assisted total proctocolectomy for his transverse colon cancer. His left ventricular ejection fraction was 32.0%, and his physical status was a New York Heart Association class III. General and epidural anesthesia were performed while using standard monitors and a FloTracTM system. The dual-chamber pacing (DDD) modality of the CRT-D was unchanged, and its defibrillation function was deactivated before surgery. The surgery was successfully performed, and the patient was discharged without worsening of his cardiac condition.
CONCLUSIONS: A detailed understanding of this patient's condition, as well as sarcoidosis, helped to facilitate successful anesthetic management of this patient.