Thrombectomy and reconstruction of the left vertebral artery after total arch replacement: never give up on postoperative stroke
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The patient was a 64-year-old man who had aortic regurgitation, ischemic heart disease, a transverse aortic aneurysm, and an abdominal-common iliac aneurysm. Concomitant operations including aortic valve replacement, coronary artery bypass grafting, and total aortic arch replacement with elephant trunk technique were performed successfully. The patient developed postoperative cardiac tamponade on the 5th postoperative day, resulting in bulbar palsy due to occlusion of the dominant left vertebral artery. Thrombectomy of the vertebral artery with reconstruction by a saphenous vein was performed. The patient’s neurological symptoms improved after the operation. Revascularization of ischemic stroke may yield neurological improvement even in patients after cardiovascular surgery.
KeywordsTotal arch replacement Frozen elephant trunk Vertebral artery Stroke
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