Pituitary apoplexy: a complication of cardiac surgery.

  title={Pituitary apoplexy: a complication of cardiac surgery.},
  author={Dan M. Cooper and M G Bazaral and Anthony J. Furlan and Emma Sevilla and M A Ghattas and Leslie R. Sheeler and J. Russell Little and Joseph F. Hahn and William C. Sheldon and Floyd D. Loop},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  volume={41 5},
Pituitary apoplexy occurred in 3 patients in the immediate postoperative period following cardiac operation with cardiopulmonary bypass. In this setting, this complication is extremely rare and not widely recognized. Precipitating factors may be related to the extracorporeal bypass apparatus, anticoagulation, low cerebral blood flow, and even anesthetic agents. Neurosurgical decompression can be safely performed in the early postoperative period following open-heart operations. 


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