Transient severe brain stem depression during intraarterial papaverine infusion for cerebral vasospasm

J. D. Barr, J. M. Mathis, J. A. Horton

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A 63-year-old woman had severe, symptomatic cerebral vasospasm secondary to subarachnoid hemorrhage. We initiated simultaneous infusions of papaverine into her left vertebral and left internal carotid arteries. Twenty-five minutes after the infusions had begun, the patient had a transient reaction of respiratory arrest followed by rapid, progressive loss of brain stem function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)719-723
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology

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