An Epidural Hematoma in an Adolescent Patient After Cardiac Surgery


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Abstract

An 18-yr-old patient had a thoracic epidural placed under general anesthesia preceding an uneventful aortic valve replacement with a bioprosthetic valve. On the second postoperative day, he was anticoagulated and also received an antithrombotic medication. While ambulating, he experienced pain in his back, and there was blood in his epidural catheter. The catheter was removed, and he developed motor and sensory loss. Rapid surgical decompression resulted in recovery of his lost neurological function. Management and strategies for preventing this problem are discussed.

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