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Complete neurologic recovery after ten minutes of absent cerebral blood flow at normothermia
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  • Timothy Pennel,
  • Friedhelm Beyersdorf,
  • Elliot Gates,
  • Peter Zilla
Timothy Pennel
University of Cape Town
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Friedhelm Beyersdorf
Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg
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Elliot Gates
University of Cape Town
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Peter Zilla
University of Cape Town
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Abstract

Prolonged normothermic cardiac arrest is associated with a high incidence of neurological morbidity and mortality1. Whole body temperature-controlled perfusion has been applied to limit reperfusion injury and minimize ischemia2. We describe the full recovery of a patient after the application of rapid hypothermia following an intraoperative aortic rupture with ten minutes of absent cerebral blood flow.