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Accidental cut of esophageal temperature probe during lobectomy for lung cancer - A case report -
Anesth Pain Med 2018;13(4):415-8
Published online October 31, 2018
© 2018 Korean Society of Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care.

Seok Soo Lee1, Eun Kyung Choi2, Nyeong keon Kwon2, Kwang Beom Kim2, and Sang-Jin Park2
Departments of 1Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 2Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Yeungnam University College of Medicine, Daegu, Korea
Correspondence to: Sang-Jin Park, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Yeungnam University College of Medicine, 170 Hyeonchung-ro, Nam-gu, Daegu 42415, Korea
Tel: 82-53-620-3366
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Received March 22, 2018; Revised June 19, 2018; Accepted July 13, 2018.
cc This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Adequate maintenance of body temperature during general anesthesia is necessary for safety. Generally, esophageal temperature probe is commonly used in practice for measuring core temperature because of its reliability and feasibility. Proper placement of esophageal temperature probe is important to avoid complications. In this case report, we describe our experience with a patient undergoing lobectomy of the lung in whom the esophageal temperature probe that was misplaced into the right intermediate bronchus was accidentally cut. This case highlights the need to carefully assess correct position of the temperature probe, especially in patients undergoing one-lung ventilation.
Key Words : Lobectomy; Position; Probe; Temperature.

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