Psychiatric complications of open-heart surgery.

  title={Psychiatric complications of open-heart surgery.},
  author={Donald S. Kornfeld and Stephen E. Zimberg and James R. Malm},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={273 6},
DURING the past ten years there have been reports of a significant incidence of psychiatric symptoms after cardiac surgery using closed-heart technics. The incidence of psychosis has clearly been greater than the 1:1500 reported by Knox1 in his study of a large group of general-surgery patients. These cardiac-surgery reports2 3 4 5 indicated an overall incidence of psychosis ranging from 1 to 19 per cent. A particularly high incidence of psychotic symptoms has now been noted during the recovery… CONTINUE READING

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