Phrenic nerve and diaphragm function following open heart surgery: a prospective study with and without topical hypothermia.

@article{Efthimiou1992PhrenicNA,
  title={Phrenic nerve and diaphragm function following open heart surgery: a prospective study with and without topical hypothermia.},
  author={J J Efthimiou and John K. Butler and Carl Woodham and Stephen Westaby and Michael D Benson},
  journal={The Quarterly journal of medicine},
  year={1992},
  volume={85 307-308},
  pages={845-53}
}
In a prospective study, 100 patients undergoing open heart surgery were randomly allocated to receive ice/slush topical hypothermia for myocardial protection (Group I, n = 56) or not (Group II, n = 44). Chest radiographs, diaphragm screening, lung function and phrenic nerve conduction time were assessed pre-operatively and at 1 week and 1 month post-operatively in all patients and subsequently at 3 months, 6 months, 1 year and 2 years in all patients with radiological evidence of diaphragm… CONTINUE READING