Motor Evoked Potentials in Thoracoabdominal Aortic Surgery: PRO

Thomas A. Koeppel, W. H. Mess, M. J. Jacobs*

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Paraplegia is one of the most severe complications of the repair of open descending thoracic aortic aneurysms and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. To reduce these complications, a comprehensive strategy for spinal cord protection is mandatory. Motor evoked potentials provide the surgeon with important information about spinal cord integrity throughout the operation. Neuroprotective measures include extracorporeal circulation, cerebrospinal fluid drainage, hypothermia, and selective segmental artery revascularization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-360
JournalCardiology Clinics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2010


  • Thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Open surgical TAAA repair
  • Motor evoked potentials
  • Spinal cord protection


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