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Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2008 Feb;7(1):133-4. Epub 2007 Oct 19.

Innovative technique to treat acute cerebral and peripheral malperfusion during type A aortic dissection repair.

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  • 1Cardiac Surgery, Civic Hospital, 25123 Brescia, Italy.


Cerebral and/or visceral malperfusion during CPB is a potentially dramatic situation which can be easily misunderstood if a complete monitoring of arterial pressure and cerebral saturation is not available. Here we present a case in which we could promptly diagnose cerebral and visceral malperfusion just after starting cardiopulmonary bypass. Use of an original and unusual method for distal perfusion allowed us to treat malperfusion, uneventful cooling of the patient down to deep hypothermia and to complete the procedure in circulatory arrest as planned.

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