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Triple bypass heart surgery, clamped off the top section of the main artery, brain swelling, petechiae on the face, forehead , and neck

My mom who is 72 had triple bypass heart surgery and the doctor made a mistake and clamped off the top section of the main artery in the body. It was clamped off incorrectly for several minutes. It caused mom to have brain swelling and a severe case of petechiae on the face, forehead , and neck. How long will it be before the petechiae go away? What do we need to look for if there are complications or brain damage? Short term the CT scan said she is ok. But what about long term affects? How will we know if there was more damage?
Asked On : Thu, 19 Apr 2012
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Dear patient,

Thanks for the question. On the long term, functional assessment of her neurologic status could be assessed with serial physical examinations (eg. neurologic exam) and standardized neuropsychologic tests; imaging is usually not too informative if there is not a big change after she has recovered from the cardiac surgery.

Truly yours,

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN
Answered: Thu, 22 Aug 2013
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