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Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Apr;89(4):1312-3. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.06.045.

Regional spinal cord cooling using a countercurrent closed-lumen epidural catheter.

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Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Keio University, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan.


We developed a method of regional spinal cord cooling by using an epidural catheter containing cold saline in its isolated counter-current lumen. We describe the clinical application of this innovative procedure to the prevention of paraplegia during surgery for thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms.

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