Surgery of the Chest Wall and Diaphragm
Surgery for benign chest wall deformities is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons, but in some cases for restrictive respiratory or cardiac symptoms. Postexcision, chest wall defects larger than 5 cm will require reconstruction to diminish paradoxical motion and impaired gas exchange. All full-thickness diaphragm defects should be repaired when diagnosed to prevent late onset of perforation or strangulation of abdominal contents in the chest. Diaphragm eventration requires repair only for symptoms of impaired gas exchange.
KeywordsChest Wall Fibrous Dysplasia Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Thoracic Epidural Analgesia
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