Reversible Unilateral Brain Edema Presenting With Major Neurologic Deficit After Valve Repair

Eelco F.M. Wijdicks, Norbert Campeau, Thoralf Sundt

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Brain edema after cardiac surgery is unusual and often asymptomatic. We encountered a 34-year-old man who had postoperative left flaccid hemiplegia and anosognosia after undergoing composite root replacement and closure of a patent foramen ovale. Computed tomographic and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans showed profound white matter changes indicative of brain edema predominantly in the right hemisphere. His symptoms resolved spontaneously within 3 days with resolution of MRI abnormality. No evidence of cerebral infarction was documented on diffusion-weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficient mapping, or on the follow-up MRI obtained 25 days after presentation. The cause for the unilateral brain edema is unknown, but the patient's clinical course and imaging are supportive for a variant of a hyperperfusion syndrome or reversible encephalopathy. The outcome was excellent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)634-637
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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