Embolic factors associated with cardiac surgery.

  title={Embolic factors associated with cardiac surgery.},
  author={David A. Stump},
  journal={Seminars in cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia},
  volume={9 2},
  • David A. Stump
  • Published 2005 in
    Seminars in cardiothoracic and vascular…
Macro and microemboli can both cause significant neurologic dysfunction. The traditional belief in cardiac surgery was that the damage perpetrated by an embolus was caused by the occlusion of an arterial branch, resulting in an ischemic event and subsequent infarction. However, ongoing research has demonstrated that the mere passage of a deformable embolus (air, lipid, or semi-solid clot) will disrupt the endothelium as it is extruded through the vessel. A cascade of events follows endothelial… CONTINUE READING


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