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Ann Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013;19(1):52-4. Epub 2012 May 15.

Cardiac tamponade caused by broken sternal wire after pectus excavatum repair: a case report.

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Department of Radiology, Chungbuk National University Hospital, Cheongju, Korea.


Complications of pectus excavatum surgery include pneumothorax, pleuritis, hemothorax, pericardial effusion, displacement of bar, pericarditis and cardiac injury, etc. This is the case of a 15-year-old boy with cardiac tamponade caused by pericarditis who had taken the operation for a pectus excavatum repair one year previously. The cause was a sternal wire which was used for attachment of the bar to sternum that had fractured and migrated through the pericardium causing a pericardial injury and a pericarditis.

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