Intraoperative inadvertent piercing of the aortic arch: case report

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  • 1 Departments of Neurosurgery,
  • 2 Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and
  • 3 Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine and Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea
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Aortic injury is a rarely encountered complication of spinal surgery. The authors report a case of a 32-year-old woman with a T3 tumor who experienced an intraoperative aortic arch injury during T3 spondylectomy. The patient was successfully treated with no postoperative neurological deficits.

ABBREVIATIONS ALL = anterior longitudinal ligament; CPB = cardiopulmonary bypass; DHCA = deep hypothermic circulatory arrest; LV = left ventricle; RCP = retrograde cerebral perfusion; SVC = superior vena cava.

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Correspondence Chun Kee Chung: Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, South Korea. chungc@snu.ac.kr.

INCLUDE WHEN CITING Published online March 20, 2020; DOI: 10.3171/2020.1.SPINE191156.

Disclosures The authors report no conflict of interest concerning the materials or methods used in this study or the findings specified in this paper.

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