Journal Article

Thoracic shaping technique to avoid residual space after extended pleurectomy/decortication

Servet Bölükbas, Michael Eberlein and Joachim Schirren

in European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Published on behalf of European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Volume 44, issue 3, pages 563-564
Published in print September 2013 | ISSN: 1010-7940
Published online March 2013 | e-ISSN: 1873-734X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejcts/ezt082
Thoracic shaping technique to avoid residual space after extended pleurectomy/decortication

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Extended pleurectomy/decortication or radical pleurectomy is defined as a lung-sparing surgical procedure for malignant pleural mesothelioma. A significant size mismatch between the thoracic cavity and the reduced size of the remaining lung might occur as a result of multiple resections at different sites and lead to residual thoracic space. Residual thoracic space and significant air leakage might result in postoperative complications. A simple technique of diaphragm reconstruction to avoid the residual thoracic space and to reduce the incidence of postoperative complications is described.

Keywords: Mesothelioma; Diaphragm; Surgery; Complication; Technique

Journal Article.  888 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine ; Cardiothoracic Surgery

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