Bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis following topical cardiac hypothermia.

@article{Kohorst1984BilateralDP,
  title={Bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis following topical cardiac hypothermia.},
  author={W R Kohorst and S A Schonfeld and Michael Martin Adam Altman},
  journal={Chest},
  year={1984},
  volume={85 1},
  pages={
          65-8
        }
}
Topical cardiac hypothermia has been shown to be a safe and effective means of providing protection for the ischemic myocardium during aortic cross-clamping. We report herein two cases of postoperative bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis which we believe resulted from hypothermic injury to the phrenic nerves. After open-heart surgery, both patients experienced prolonged weaning from assisted ventilation and severe orthopnea. Return of normal diaphragmatic and phrenic nerve function was… CONTINUE READING

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