Preventive ligation of the innominate artery in patients with neuromuscular disorders

Francesca Iodice, Gianluca Brancaccio, Aldo Lauri, Roberto Di Donato

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Abstract

Tracheostomy, long-term mechanical ventilation, spinal deformaties are factors that contribute in patients with neuromuscular disorders to the development of an erosion of the tracheal wall and subsequent formation of a tracheo-innominate artery fistula. This condition is fatal unless promptly treated by exclusion of the innominate artery, which is often performed under desperate circumstances. We electively adopted a preventive ligation of the innominate artery in patients at risk for trachea-innominate artery fistula (TIF). We present seven patients with neuromuscular disorders who underwent preventive ligation of the innominate artery. All seven patients survived.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)747-749
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007

Keywords

  • Haemorrhage
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Tracheo-innominate fistula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery

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