Cardiovascular surgery is challenging in patients who have previously undergone thoracoplasty because of severe chest deformity and impaired pulmonary function. We report a case of an octogenarian with prior left thoracoplasty, who successfully underwent surgical repair of an acute aortic dissection through a standard median sternotomy. We suggest that prior thoracoplasty might not necessarily be an exclusion criterion for aortic surgery in cases with adequate pulmonary function.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Annals of Thoracic Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2012|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine