Safety and efficacy of epidural cooling for regional spinal cord hypothermia during thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair☆

Motoyoshi, N.; Takahashi, G.; Sakurai, M.; Tabayashi, K.
January 2004
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery;Jan2004, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p139
Academic Journal
Twenty-four consecutive patients underwent epidural cooling as an adjunct to elective thoracoabdominal aortic repair under moderate systemic hypothermia. One patient suffered from postoperative paraplegia (4%), and another died from subarachnoidal hemorrhage (4%). Details of the technique, the associated care, and the pitfalls will be discussed.


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