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Postoperative Paralysis, Skin Lesions, and Corneal Abrasions After Neurosurgery

  • Martin H. Dauber
  • Steven Roth
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Abstract

Although many complications attributed to anesthesia occur during the intraoperative period, several manifest later. In the postanesthesia care unit (PACU), problems that are dreaded and some that are non-life-threatening may manifest. Postoperative paralysis is a serious complication of neurosurgery, whereas skin lesions and corneal abrasions can be bothersome but are rarely considered major issues. This section focuses on these three problems for patients following brain- and spine-related procedures.

Although many complications attributed to anesthesia occur during the intraoperative period, several manifest later. In the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) problems that are dreaded and some that are non-life-threatening may manifest. Postoperative paralysis is a serious complication of neurosurgery, whereas skin lesions and corneal abrasions can be bothersome, but are rarely considered major issues. This section focuses on these three problems for patients following brain and spine-related procedures.

Keywords

Postanesthesia care unit Positioning injury Neuromonitoring Pressure injury Visual impairment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin H. Dauber
    • 1
  • Steven Roth
    • 2
  1. 1.Private PracticeLincolnwoodUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of Illinois Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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