A 38-year-old member asked:
Does pleurotomy during internal mammary artery harvest increase post-op issues?
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General Surgery 31 years experience
6.2k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Cardiology 18 years experience
It may: Based on studies pleurotomy seems to increase rates of atelectasis (lung colapse) and pleural effusions (fluid around the lungs), although no impact on clinical outcome or length of hospital stay has been demonstrated.
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Last updated Dec 14, 2014
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