ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Resolution of pericardial effusion after minimally invasive surgical repair of pectus excavatum
Korkut Bostancı1, Mehmet Oğuzhan Özyurtkan2, Mustafa Yüksel1
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Medical Faculty of Marmara University, İstanbul, Turkey
1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Medical Faculty of Marmara University, İstanbul, Turkey
2Department of Thoracic Surgery, Medical Faculty of Fırat University, Elazığ, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2014.6569
Pectus excavatum may cause the compression of the heart, thereby, disturbing the pericardial fluid turnover which results in pericardial effusion. In this article, we report a 32-year-old female case with pectus excavatum and chronic recurrent pericardial effusion. After the minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum and pericardiocentesis, no recurrence was observed during oneyear follow-up. By elevating the sternum and relieving the cardiac compression, minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum may be helpful in restoring the pericardial fluid production and re-absorption mechanism.
Keywords : Minimally invasive surgery; pectus excavatum, carinatum; pericardium
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