Life-threatening hemorrhage during removal of a Nuss bar associated with sternal erosion

David M. Notrica, Lisa E. McMahon, Kevin N. Johnson, Daniel A. Velez, Leigh C. McGill, Dawn E. Jaroszewski

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Abstract

We present a case of life-threatening hemorrhage occurring during Nuss bar removal without obvious cardiac or major vascular injury. A 19-year-old woman with marfanoid features had undergone a Nuss procedure 3 years earlier for a pectus index of 7.2. A lateral chest radiograph revealed erosion of the upper bar into the sternum. During surgery, a 3.5-L blood loss occurred after removal of the eroded bar. This case provided many opportunities to improve preparedness for bar removal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1104-1106
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume98
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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    Notrica, D. M., McMahon, L. E., Johnson, K. N., Velez, D. A., McGill, L. C., & Jaroszewski, D. E. (2014). Life-threatening hemorrhage during removal of a Nuss bar associated with sternal erosion. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 98(3), 1104-1106. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.10.097