Spinal cord infarction following intraaortic balloon support

R. E. Harris, K. A. Reimer, B. J. Crain, D. D. Becsey, H. N. Oldham

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Abstract

Infarction of the lumbar and sacral spinal cord was demonstrated at autopsy of a 72-year-old man in whom acute paraplegia developed following coronary artery bypass grafting and atrial septal defect repair with intraoperative insertion of an intraaortic balloon. Autopsy findings showed that infarcts of the spinal cord and other key organs were caused by critical occlusion of small arterioles by cholesterol emboli. These emboli apparently arose as a result of the fragmentation of atheromatous plaques within the aorta during use of the intraaortic balloon pump with subsequent embolization and occlusion of small blood vessels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-207
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume42
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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Infarction
Spinal Cord
Embolism
Autopsy
Atrial Heart Septal Defects
Paraplegia
Arterioles
Atherosclerotic Plaques
Coronary Artery Bypass
Blood Vessels
Aorta
Cholesterol

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery

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Harris, R. E., Reimer, K. A., Crain, B. J., Becsey, D. D., & Oldham, H. N. (1986). Spinal cord infarction following intraaortic balloon support. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 42(2), 206-207.

Spinal cord infarction following intraaortic balloon support. / Harris, R. E.; Reimer, K. A.; Crain, B. J.; Becsey, D. D.; Oldham, H. N.

In: Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Vol. 42, No. 2, 1986, p. 206-207.

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Harris, RE, Reimer, KA, Crain, BJ, Becsey, DD & Oldham, HN 1986, 'Spinal cord infarction following intraaortic balloon support', Annals of Thoracic Surgery, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 206-207.
Harris RE, Reimer KA, Crain BJ, Becsey DD, Oldham HN. Spinal cord infarction following intraaortic balloon support. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 1986;42(2):206-207.
Harris, R. E. ; Reimer, K. A. ; Crain, B. J. ; Becsey, D. D. ; Oldham, H. N. / Spinal cord infarction following intraaortic balloon support. In: Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 1986 ; Vol. 42, No. 2. pp. 206-207.
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