The Potential Causes of Paraplegia after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: A Literature Review

Paraplegia after CABG - the Summary of Possible Causes


  • Zeyi Cheng Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Jin Xu Department of Cardiology, the first hospital of Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, Gansu, China
  • Yingqiang Guo Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China



coronary artery bypass grafting, paraplegia, spinal cord, review


Paraplegia is an unpredictable neurologic complication after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. It is rare but fatal, and the mechanism still is unclear. We aimed to make a summary of the possible causes of paraplegia after CABG. Pubmed database was searched from January 1, 1978 to December 31, 2019, and 14 studies were finally included. Paraplegia after CABG is a multifactorial consequence, but spinal cord ischemia is the key pathological factor to postoperative paraplegia.


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How to Cite

Cheng, Z., Xu, J., & Guo, Y. (2021). The Potential Causes of Paraplegia after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: A Literature Review: Paraplegia after CABG - the Summary of Possible Causes. The Heart Surgery Forum, 24(3), E487-E492.