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Date: 2003-10-21 20:31:44 UTC
Subject: Cardiac arrest five hours after waking up from surgery
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Pertwee woke up at 10:30 this morning after minor surgery to remove a growth
behind his right ear and dental work. Everything seemed fine and he was
alert and active all day. Around 3:30 this afternoon he went into cardiac
arrest. Someone caught it right away and our vet has a heartbeat now but
Pertwee is in critical condition.

What could cause this FIVE HOURS after waking up from anaesthesia?
Sevoflourine (sp?) was used for the anaesthetic and all his blood work was
normal prior to surgery.

Brief Pertwee medical history: left adrenalectomy at age 1.5, right
adrenalectomy five weeks later, right nephrectomy at age 2 (unilateral
polycystic disease), onset of chronic pancreatitis at age 3. Pertwee is now
five years, five months old and with meds (dexamethasone, florinef,
Viokase-V in food) he's not had any apparant problems in the last two years.

Any clues, and anything I can pass on to our vet, will be greatly
All the best,
Caity and the worried eight (plus Pertwee, we hope)