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Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Dec;94(6):2107-8. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.04.128.

A malformed staple causing cardiac tamponade after lobectomy.

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  • 1Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.


We present a patient with cardiac tamponade caused by a malformed staple after lobectomy. The patient was successfully rescued by an urgent reoperation. Although rare, acute cardiac tamponade should be taken into account after lobectomy, and proper measures should be taken against the potential harm caused by a malformed staple.

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

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