Epidural Catheter Placement for Cerebrospinal Fluid Drainage in Aortic Aneurysm Surgery With Delayed Paraplegia: A Case Report

Cengiz Sahutoglu, Zeynep Pestilci, Seden Kocabas, Fatma Zekiye Askar


Neurological complications such as paraparesis and paraplegia may occur due to spinal cord ischemia in descending aorta surgery. One of the many methods to decrease these complications is to place cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drainage catheter. The aim of using this catheter is to decrease CSF pressure and to increase medulla spinalis perfusion pressure. Herein, we report epidural catheter placement for drainage in a case in whom a CSF catheter was unable to be inserted during the pre- and postoperative period due to a descending aortic aneurysm and in whom paraplegia developed.

J Med Cases. 2017;8(1):1-4
doi: https://doi.org/10.14740/jmc2703w


Epidural catheter; Paraplegia; Aortic aneurysm; Cerebrospinal fluid

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