Spinal Cord Ischemia Resulting in Paraplegia Following Extrapleural Pneumonectomy Article

Full Text via DOI: 10.1378/chest.13-3062 PMID: 25091760 Web of Science: 000340482400002

Cited authors

  • Ural, Kelly; Jakob, Kyle; Lato, Scott; Gilly, George; Landreneau, Rodney


  • A patient undergoing radical extrapleural pneumonectomy for epithelioid malignant mesothelioma developed acute paraplegia postoperatively related to long-segment spinal cord ischemia. The usual area of concern for this complication is the T9 to T12 area where the artery of Adamkiewicz is most likely to originate. In this patient, there was ligation of only upper thoracic, ipsilateral segmental arteries from the T3 to T6 level, yet he still developed paraplegia. Our hypothesis is variant mid-thoracic vascular anatomy. Previously unreported, to our knowledge, this should be understood as a rare complication of this surgery.

Publication date

  • 2014

Published in

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0012-3692

Start page

  • E38

End page

  • E40


  • 146


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