Congratulations Drs. Hardy and Giordano!
Congratulations to Dr. Brian Hardy and Dr. Chris Giordano on the publication of “Hypertensive Crisis from the Aquamantys Bipolar Sealing System,” which was published in the December 15 issue of A&A Case Reports.
Hypertension is a common occurrence during general anesthesia. Apart from pathological causes of hypertension, it is rarely extreme enough to be classified as a hypertensive crisis (systolic blood pressure >180 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure >120 mm Hg). There is literature concerning the unintentional electrocauterization of the adrenal gland leading to hypertensive crisis, but to date, no reports have been made of adrenal stimulation from the use of an Aquamantys for hemostasis. Here, we report such a case when a hypertensive crisis (systolic blood pressure >300 mm Hg) occurred while using an Aquamantys during a liver transplant after unintentional stimulation of the adrenal glands.