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Heart problems like shifting after lung removal surgery?

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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: It Can

Especially have removal of an entire lung, or pneumonectomy.
The heart and great vessels can shift to the side of the lung that was removed. This is called "post pneumonectomy syndrome". It is a rare condition and can limit the blood returning to the heart and/or the blood leaving the heart.

In brief: It Can

Especially have removal of an entire lung, or pneumonectomy.
The heart and great vessels can shift to the side of the lung that was removed. This is called "post pneumonectomy syndrome". It is a rare condition and can limit the blood returning to the heart and/or the blood leaving the heart.
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Irv Loh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Not really

Anatomic rearrangement after lung removal does not per se lead to any clinically significant issues.
It may make it more challenging for doctors in assessing anatomic conditions by our usual diagnostic tools, but not usually a problem for the patient.

In brief: Not really

Anatomic rearrangement after lung removal does not per se lead to any clinically significant issues.
It may make it more challenging for doctors in assessing anatomic conditions by our usual diagnostic tools, but not usually a problem for the patient.
Dr. Irv Loh
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