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Journal of Case Reports
Paraplegia after Lung Cancer Resection
Fayçal El Oueriachi¹, Mustapha Bensghir², Omar Slaoui¹, Elassane Ayouba¹, Mehdi Samali², Mohamed Massine El Hammoumi¹, El Hassane Kabiri¹
Departments of 1Thoracic Surgery and 2Anesthesiology; Mohamed V Military Teaching Hospital, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Mohamed V University, Rabat, Morocco. 
Corresponding Author:
Dr Fayçal El Oueriachi
Email: faycaldr@hotmail.com
Received: 07-JAN-2020 Accepted: 01-JUL-2020 Published Online: 15-JUL-2020
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17659/01.2020.0038
Background: The major causes of post-operative morbidity and mortality following lung resection are cardiovascular and pulmonary complications. Neurological complications as phrenic or recurrent nerve injury are rarely found, paraplegia is exceptional. Case Report: We report a case of 61 year old man who presented a paraplegia discovered incidentally in the immediate aftermath of a lobectomy for lung cancer. CT showed a possible intra-cord migration of an epidural catheter. The catheter was immediately removed and neurological recovery was progressive and complete. Conclusion: We want to identify the causes, anatomical and technical reasons leading to this complication, recall the necessary measures to prevent its occurrence and finally stress the importance of seeking signs of neurological impairment during the puncture and catheter placement, also after surgery when the effects of general anesthesia are abolished.
Keywords : Epidural Anesthesia, Lung Neoplasms, Paraplegia, Punctures, Thoracic Surgery.
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