ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
TURKISH JOURNAL OF
THORACIC AND
CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
NONCARDIAC COMPLICATIONS AFTER THORACOTOMY
Oya Uncu İMAMOĞLU, Ilgaz DOĞUSOY, Tamer OKAY, Mehmet YILDIRIM, Murat YAŞAROĞLU, Bülent AYDEMİR, Handan TANRIKULU, Atila KANCA
Dr. Siyami Ersek Göğüs Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Merkezi, İSTANBUL
Postoperative complications of thoracic surgery has still high rate of mortality and morbidities.

One hundred fifty patients with elective thoracotomy due to intrapulmonary pathology are included in this study from January 1995 to December 1996. The aim of this study is to detect the incidence of complications and treat them by early intervention within first 30 days of postoperative period. All patients were examined on the first and fourth week of discharge to determine the outcome and complications.

Twenty four of 150 patients (16%) had 40 complications, but only 6 patients were reoperated (4%) two of these for bronchopleural fıstula and four for bleeding. Median sternotomy and rethoracotomy was done in one and five of these patients, respectively (2%).

Only 3 patients died in the first 30 postoperative days.

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