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Ann Thorac Surg. 2009 Apr;87(4):1277-9. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2008.08.050.

Winged scapula after aortic valve replacement.

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Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Munich, Munich, Germany.


Iatrogenic nerve lesions affecting the long thoracic nerve are very rare after a median sternotomy. Here we report on a patient who developed clinical signs of a so-called "winged scapula" after an uneventful aortic valve replacement for infective endocarditis.

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