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Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2019 Nov 1;29(5):816-817. doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivz169.

Catastrophic cerebral infarction during extracorporeal life support due to a rare anomaly in the circle of Willis.

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Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan.

Abstract

During extracorporeal life support (ECLS) in infants, cannulation of the right common carotid artery may result in a devastating ischaemic neurological injury. Herein, we present a case of an infant who encountered bilateral cerebral infarction during ECLS via the right carotid artery due to a rare and tragic anomaly of the circle of Willis. The magnetic resonance angiography complemented computed tomography in diagnosing the infarction and identifying this unique anatomy.

KEYWORDS:

Circle of Willis; Extracorporeal life support; Stroke

PMID:
31280292
DOI:
10.1093/icvts/ivz169
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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