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J Card Surg. 2012 Jul;27(4):460-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8191.2012.01463.x. Epub 2012 May 20.

Lung hernia following robotic-assisted mitral valve repair.

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Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, USA.


Lung hernia is an uncommon diagnosis characterized by lung tissue protruding through a chest wall defect. It may occur spontaneously, as a congenital defect, as a result of trauma, or as a postsurgical complication. We describe the occurrence of lung hernia and subsequent successful herniorraphy in two patients following robotic-assisted mitral valve repair.

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