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Case reports
Submitted: 2015-05-12
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Silent killer: A scalpel in the aortic wall after spinal surgery

Gokalp Altun, Dogus Hemsinli, Dilek Kutanis, Gurkan Gazioglu
DOI: 10.1016/j.pjnns.2016.04.002
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Neurol Neurochir Pol 2016;50(4):294-296.

open access

Vol 50, No 4 (2016)
Case reports
Submitted: 2015-05-12

Abstract

Iatrogenic vascular injury during lumbar spinal surgery is rare, but may lead to serious complications in unrecognized cases. Especially, injuries to aorta or its major branches may result in death unless diagnosed and treated immediately.

We present a rare case of aortic injury with a scalpel in a 56-year-old male patient undergoing lumbar disk surgery. The vascular injury was successfully treated with open surgery. The post-operative period was uneventful and the patient was discharged in a healthy condition on the 8th day. This case once again reminds us that surgery is always open to complications and that early diagnosis and appropriate interventions are of paramount importance to overcome these complications.

Abstract

Iatrogenic vascular injury during lumbar spinal surgery is rare, but may lead to serious complications in unrecognized cases. Especially, injuries to aorta or its major branches may result in death unless diagnosed and treated immediately.

We present a rare case of aortic injury with a scalpel in a 56-year-old male patient undergoing lumbar disk surgery. The vascular injury was successfully treated with open surgery. The post-operative period was uneventful and the patient was discharged in a healthy condition on the 8th day. This case once again reminds us that surgery is always open to complications and that early diagnosis and appropriate interventions are of paramount importance to overcome these complications.

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Keywords

Vascular injury, Spinal surgery, Scalpel

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Title

Silent killer: A scalpel in the aortic wall after spinal surgery

Journal

Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska

Issue

Vol 50, No 4 (2016)

Pages

294-296

DOI

10.1016/j.pjnns.2016.04.002

Bibliographic record

Neurol Neurochir Pol 2016;50(4):294-296.

Keywords

Vascular injury
Spinal surgery
Scalpel

Authors

Gokalp Altun
Dogus Hemsinli
Dilek Kutanis
Gurkan Gazioglu

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