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Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 May;93(5):e127-9. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2011.12.022.

Laparoscopic repair of gastric herniation after extrapleural pneumonectomy for mesothelioma.

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  • 1Division of Thoracic Surgery, Swedish Medical Center and Cancer Institute, Seattle, Washington 98104, USA.


Acute herniation of intra-abdominal organs into the chest after extrapleural pneumonectomy is an uncommon but morbid and potentially mortal complication. We report a case of acute diaphragmatic hernia after extrapleural pneumonectomy for mesothelioma repaired laparoscopically. This approach is an alternative to repeated thoracotomy and is a viable option for treatment of this difficult problem with potentially less morbidity.

Copyright © 2012 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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