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Radiol Clin North Am. 2020 Jan;58(1):133-150. doi: 10.1016/j.rcl.2019.08.009. Epub 2019 Oct 21.

Imaging Early Postoperative Complications of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

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1
Scuola di Specializzazione di Radiodiagnostica, Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria S. Anna di Ferrara, Arcispedale Sant'Anna, Via Aldo Moro, 8, Cona, Ferrara Centralino 44124, Italy.
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Department of Radiology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53792, USA.
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Department of Radiology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53792, USA. Electronic address: JKanne@uwhealth.org.

Abstract

Imaging plays a central role in the evaluation of patients following cardiothoracic surgery, both for monitoring in the early postoperative period and for assessing for suspected complications. Patients with postsurgical complications can develop a range of signs and symptoms, from hypotension and tachycardia, as the result of severe bleeding, to fever and leukocytosis because of infection. The radiologist is an important member of the care team in the postoperative period, helping identify and manage complications of cardiothoracic surgery. This article reviews the common complications of cardiothoracic surgery focusing on the role of imaging and clues to diagnosis.

KEYWORDS:

Bronchopleural fistula; Empyema; Esophagectomy; Pneumonectomy; Postoperative complications; Thoracotomy

PMID:
31731897
DOI:
10.1016/j.rcl.2019.08.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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