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Neurologic complications of cardiac surgery.

Authors
  • Llinas, R
  • Barbut, D
  • Caplan, L R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Progress in cardiovascular diseases
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2000
Volume
43
Issue
2
Pages
101–112
Identifiers
PMID: 11014328
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The average age of patients undergoing cardiac surgery and the number of comorbidities they possess will continue to increase as surgical technology advances. Toxic/metabolic encephalopathy, hemispheric strokes, hypoxic injury, and peripheral nerve lesions all can occur as a result of cardiac surgery. Therefore, an understanding of the neurologic risk, recognizable syndromes, and preventative measures will continue to be important. Careful preoperative assessment, operative risk factor reduction, and careful postoperative assessments and management may reduce the neurologic risk for cardiac surgery.

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