Myocardial rigor mortis

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Definition

noun

The irreversible muscular contraction resulting in the stiffening of the myocardium as a complication in the early period of cardiopulmonary bypass in an open-heart surgery.


Supplement

This condition can now be prevented by infusing cold crystalloid cardioplegic solution into the coronary circulation to prevent heart tissue damage during heart surgery.


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