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Thoracic Compartment Syndrome Secondary to a Thoracic Procedure*: A Case Report

Anne G. Rizzo; George A. Sample
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*From the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC.

Correspondence to: Anne G. Rizzo, MD, Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving St NW, 4B-39, Washington, DC 20010; e-mail: anne.g.rizzo@medstar.net



Chest. 2003;124(3):1164-1168. doi:10.1378/chest.124.3.1164
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Prolonged open sternotomy is a well-known phenomenon in the pediatric and adult cardiac surgery literature. It is usually an adjuvant in the treatment of a severely compromised heart. We present a case of thoracic compartment syndrome that developed postoperatively from a noncardiac thoracic procedure. Management, diagnosis, and literature review are presented.

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