We report a case of a 35-year-old male who underwent thoracoabdominal aortic repair of a chronic dissecting aortic aneurysm, Crawford extent II. Preoperative computed tomography showed thrombosis of almost all intercostal arteries. Precise diagnostic assessment demonstrated the Adamkiewicz artery originating from the left lateral thoracic artery and subscapular artery, which would have been at risk after using a standard Stoney's incision, thus potentially causing paraplegia or paraparesis due to spinal cord ischemia. We modified the lateral thoracic incision anteriorly and successfully preserved the collateral arteries without impairing the spinal cord function.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine