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Minerva Anestesiologica 2011 December;77(12):1228-31

Copyright © 2011 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

An unusual cause of delayed awakening following coronary artery surgery

De Santis V. 1, Vitale D. 1, Di Bonaventura C. 2, Tritapepe L. 3

1 Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy; 2 Department of Neurological Sciences, La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy; 3 Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy


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Neurological deficits are a frequent complication of adult cardiac surgery. Dandy-Walker malformation (DWM) is a rare posterior fossa malformation defined by hypoplasia and upward rotation of the cerebellar vermis, cystic dilation of the fourth ventricle and, on occasion, hydrocephalus. We report an incidental diagnosis of DWM in an adult following coronary artery surgery complicated by delayed awakening.

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