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General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

, Volume 61, Issue 8, pp 466–468 | Cite as

Treatment of chronic expanding hematoma of the thorax with median sternotomy

  • Hitoshi UedaEmail author
  • Hiromitsu Baba
  • Kaoru Ondo
Case Report

Abstract

Chronic expanding hematoma of the thorax is a rare disease. We report a 60-year-old man with chronic expanding hematoma, which occupied the left entire hemithorax. Its hematoma was extirpated with pleuropneumonectomy. It was performed through posterolateral thoracotomy following median sternotomy, through which left hilar structure including inferior pulmonary vein could be accessed and closed. After the operation, he was discharged without any significant complications.

Keywords

Chronic expanding hematoma Chest Surgery Median sternotomy 

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© The Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryFukuoka National HospitalFukuokaJapan

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