ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
TURKISH JOURNAL OF
THORACIC AND
CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Brachial plexus palsy after Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum
Min-Wook Kim1, Jin Yong Jeong1, Geol Ha2, Soo Seog Park2
1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Incheon St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea
2Department of Anesthesiology, Incheon St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2019.16212
Brachial plexus palsy rarely occurs after Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum. Brachial plexus palsy after surgery may be caused by nerve tension and compression related to surgical positioning. In this article, we report a 21-year-old male patient of brachial plexus palsy after Nuss procedure revealing a narrowing of the costoclavicular space from 7.60 mm to 2.83 mm and an increase to 4.51 mm after upper bar removal. Patient"s symptoms were fully recovered. Our results showed that narrowing of the costoclavicular space after Nuss procedure might trigger brachial plexus palsy and that brachial plexus palsy may not be related to surgical positioning.
Keywords : Brachial plexus palsy, complication, minimally invasive surgery, pectus excavatum
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