Current strategies for spinal cord protection during thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair

Hideyuki Shimizu, Ryohei Yozu

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Surgery for thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms remains challenging, with high mortality and morbidity rates despite overall improvements in the outcome of aortic surgery. Paraplegia and paraparesis remain devastating complications that severely restrict the chance of survival as well as the postoperative quality of life. Preventive measures vary considerably because the causes of spinal cord insufficiency are multifactorial. Here, we review measures to prevent paraplegia/paraparesis arising after surgery for thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-163
Number of pages9
JournalGeneral thoracic and cardiovascular surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar 1



  • Cerebrospinal fluid drainage
  • Hypothermia
  • Motor evoked potential
  • Paraplegia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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