Delayed Presentation of Cardiac Perforation After Modified Ravitch Pectus Excavatum Repair

Alexander P. Nissen, Michael J. Kilbourne, Robert Jeschke, Richard Lee, Robert D. Rice

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Pectus excavatum repair using a Nuss bar is a widely performed procedure and generally regarded to be quite safe. Rare catastrophic cardiovascular complications have been previously reported, by even the most experienced surgeons. These cases typically present with fulminant cardiogenic shock and have an associated high mortality rate. We present a delayed and atypical presentation for a patient with a cardiac perforation after repair of pectus excavatum who underwent successful repair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e29-e31
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2020


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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