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Managing the pneumonectomy space after extrapleural pneumonectomy: postoperative intrathoracic pressure monitoring.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
1873-734X
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Volume
37
Issue
4
Pages
770–775
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejcts.2009.10.020
PMID: 20056433
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Intrathoracic pressure monitoring may be used as a guide for intermittent fluid evacuation of the pneumonectomy space prior to onset of clinical signs or symptoms, to avoid the cardiopulmonary risks of rapid fluid removal. Contralateral mediastinal shift should be treated with incremental drainage when there is a rise in intrathoracic pressure to prevent cardiovascular complications.

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