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What is postperfusion syndrome?

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Dr. Gerry Tolbert
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In brief: Confusion

Sometimes after a heart bypass surgery, patients develop symptoms of confusion or decreased speed of thought or brain function.
There are many theories as to why this occurs, but the most prominent is air bubbles and debris that enter the bloodstream via bypass and affect blood flow to the brain. Most of the time the effects are not permanent and may correct on their own.

In brief: Confusion

Sometimes after a heart bypass surgery, patients develop symptoms of confusion or decreased speed of thought or brain function.
There are many theories as to why this occurs, but the most prominent is air bubbles and debris that enter the bloodstream via bypass and affect blood flow to the brain. Most of the time the effects are not permanent and may correct on their own.
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