Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.  2006 Dec;39(12):957-959.

Curved Axillary Thoracotomy in Patent Ductus Arteriosus

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  • 1Department of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery, National Medical Center, Korea. chy5139@hanmail.net

Abstract

Muscle sparing thoracotomy is known as alternative of posterolateral thoracotomy because of less postoperative pain, preservation of muscle power and better cosmetic outcome. Curved axillary thoracotomy (CAT) is a type of muscle sparing thoracotomy. Between July 2003 and August 2004, 5 patients diagnosed as pure patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) treated by CAT and we reviewed results retrospectively by clinical record. The operative procedures were ligation of ductus in 4 cases and division of ductus in 1 case. There were no postoperative complication. Curved axillary thoracotomy is considerable alternative for surgical treatment of PDA with merits of muscle sparing effect and cosmetic benefit.

Keyword

Thoracotomy; Ductus arteriosus, patent; Surgery method

MeSH Terms

Animals
Cats
Ductus Arteriosus, Patent*
Humans
Ligation
Pain, Postoperative
Postoperative Complications
Retrospective Studies
Surgical Procedures, Operative
Thoracotomy*
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