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Does pleurotomy during internal mammary artery harvest increase post-op issues?

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Dr. Kathryn Wagner
General Surgery 31 years experience
Pleurotomy: No, during open heart surgery a chest tube will reinflate the lung and it usually heals rather quickly.
Dr. Ibrahim Moussa
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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