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Platypnea-Orthodeoxia Syndrome: A Rare Complication After Right Pneumonectomy

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Journal
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
0003-4975
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
88
Issue
6
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DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.01.047

Abstract

Platypnea is characterized by breathlessness in the upright position. Orthodeoxia is defined by arterial desaturation on standing. Herein we describe a case of platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome in a patient who underwent a right pneumonectomy for adenocarcinoma of the lung. Closure of a patent foramen ovale, causing a right-to-left shunt, with an Amplatzer device, produced immediate symptomatic relief.

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