Perioperative spinal cord infarction in nonaortic surgery: report of three cases and review of the literature.
Paraplegia caused by a spinal cord infarction (SCI) is a devastating perioperative complication, most often associated with aortic and spine surgery. We present two other clinical scenarios in which perioperative SCI may occur. They happened during surgical procedures performed with epidural anesthesia, in the presence of several specific risk factors such as spinal stenosis, vascular disease, intraoperative hypotension, or the use of epinephrine in the local anesthetic solution. Second, SCI may occur during episodes of postoperative hypotension in patients with a history of aortic aneurysms.
Hobai, IA; Bittner, EA; Grecu, L
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