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J Clin Anesth. 2003 Mar;15(2):159-63.

Postoperative atelectasis after one-lung ventilation with the Univent tube in a child.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA.


This case describes a postoperative complication after single-lung ventilation in a 10-year-old patient scheduled for scoliosis repair. This patient underwent an anterior thoracoscopic excision of several vertebral discs followed by a posterior double-rod fixation of her spine. The postoperative course was complicated by complete atelectasis of the patient's right lung for 5 days. Methods of single-lung ventilation, advantages and disadvantages of the Univent tube versus the double-lumen tube, and the possible mechanisms leading to postoperative atelectasis in this child are discussed.

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