Respiratory failure is an infrequent complication after open-heart surgery, particularly in the absence of significant preoperative lung pathology. This report describes a patient who remained ventilator-dependent for nine weeks after aortic valve replacement and coronary artery bypass surgery with bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis.
Address correspondence to Dr. Byrick, Dept. of Anaesthesia, St. Michael's Hospital, 30 Bond Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1W8, Canada.
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