Incidence and natural history of phrenic neuropathy occurring during open heart surgery.

OBJECTIVE To study the incidence of phrenic neuropathy following coronary artery bypass grafting and determine long-term outcome. DESIGN Prospective observational. SETTING Surgical ICU in a university hospital, out-patient follow-up. PATIENTS Ninety-two consecutive patients undergoing open heart surgery. INTERVENTIONS None. MEASUREMENTS Chest… CONTINUE READING