ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis after congenital heart surgery
Ahmet Kırbaş1, Nursen Tanrıkulu2, Sezai Çelik3, Emin Tireli4, Ömer Işık1
1Medicana Çamlıca Hospital, Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Kliniği, İstanbul, Türkiye
2Medicana Çamlıca Hospital, Anestezi ve Reanimasyon Kliniği, İstanbul, Türkiye
3Medicana Çamlıca Hospital, Göğüs Cerrahisi Kliniği, İstanbul, Türkiye
4İstanbul Üniversitesi İstanbul Tıp Fakültesi, Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, İstanbul, Türkiye
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2013.6334
Diaphragmatic paralysis following congenital cardiac surgery is a serious complication which may involve unilaterally or exceptionally bilaterally, delaying the recovery and increasing morbidity. The consequences of this complication after all forms of congenital heart surgery in newborns and young infants can be potentially more serious. Early diagnosis and management of diaphragmatic paralysis can potentially reduce complications, decreasing the duration of mechanical ventilation and length of stay in the intensive care unit. In this article, we discuss surgical treatment of three cases with bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis after congenital cardiac surgery.
Keywords : Diaphragm; paralysis; surgery; plication
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