Early complications: Cardiac complications

H. Asamura

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Cardiopulmonary complications developing after pneumonectomy are described. Arrhythmias are seen in about 25% of patients undergoing pneumonectomy, and supraventricular tachyarrhythmias are common. To date, the efficacy of medical prophylaxis has not yet been defined. Postpneumonectomy heart failure shares a common cause with postpneumonectomy edema. Cardiac herniation with subsequent torsion is a rare but fatal complication after pneumonectomy. Early recognition and prophylaxis are always crucial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-541
Number of pages15
JournalChest Surgery Clinics of North America
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Aug 23
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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