Intraspinal oxidised cellulose (Surgicel) causing delayed paraplegia after thoracotomy--a report of three cases.

@article{Brodbelt2002IntraspinalOC,
  title={Intraspinal oxidised cellulose (Surgicel) causing delayed paraplegia after thoracotomy--a report of three cases.},
  author={Andrew R. Brodbelt and John B Miles and Patrick M Foy and John C. Broome},
  journal={Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England},
  year={2002},
  volume={84 2},
  pages={97-9}
}
Oxidised regenerated cellulose (Surgicel) is a commonly used haemostatic agent in neurosurgery, thoracic surgery, and orthopaedics. We present three cases of paraplegia after thoracic surgery during which oxidised cellulose had been used during thoracotomy for haemorrhage control, and was later found to have passed through the intervertebral foramen causing spinal cord compression. In all intraspinal and perispinal procedures, the over-liberal use of Surgicel should be avoided, and attempts… CONTINUE READING

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