Paper| Volume 23, ISSUE 7, P475-478, 1992

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Paraplegia and traumatic rupture of the aorta: a disease process or surgical complication?

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      Surgical repair of traumatic rupture of the aorta results in an excellent survival rate especially among the young, although paraplegia continues to be a serious postoperative complication.
      The authors present nine cases admitted to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, England, including detailed post-mortem findings on one of the cases.
      Although it was difficult to be certain of the patients' general and neurological status prior to surgery, as it was not well documented in the patients' case notes, it was evident that systemic hypotension and poor distal aortic perfusion were responsible for the disabling complication. A review of the initial medical management of these patients and the surgical techniques employed in repairing such injuries is urgently needed.
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