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Analysis of the Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum in different age groups.
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PMID:  16122489     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The Nuss procedure is a newly developed operative method for minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum in pediatric patients. However, the surgical indication for this procedure has been extended into adult patients. The aim of this study was to assess the surgical outcome of the Nuss procedure in different age groups and to analyze its feasibility in the adult population. METHODS: From December 1999 to March 2003, 51 patients (40 males and 11 females) with pectus excavatum underwent the Nuss procedure. We classified patients into three groups based on age (pediatric, adolescent, and adult), retrospectively analyzed demographic, intraoperative and postoperative data, and compared outcomes among each group. RESULTS: Mean operation time was 52.0 +/- 22.9 minutes, 80.4 +/- 27.4 minutes, and 127.3 +/- 44.9 minutes in the pediatric, adolescent, and adult groups, respectively (p < 0.001). Postoperative complications occurred in 3 of 27 patients (11.1%) in the pediatric group and in 7 of 12 patients (58.3%) in both the adolescent and adult groups (p = 0.002). Reoperations were performed due to complications in 1 of 27 patients (3.7%) in the pediatric group, 2 of 12 patients (16.6%) in the adolescent group, and 5 of 12 patients (41.7%) in the adult group (p = 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: The Nuss procedure is highly recommended in pediatric patients with pectus excavatum. However, in adults it is necessary to select patients carefully because of the longer operation time and higher incidence of complications associated with the procedure in this population.
Do Hyung Kim; Jung Joo Hwang; Mi Kyeong Lee; Doo Yun Lee; Hyo Chae Paik
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  80     ISSN:  1552-6259     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  2005 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-08-26     Completed Date:  2006-09-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15030100R     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Surg     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1073-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Eulji University Hospital, Daejeon.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Child, Preschool
Device Removal / statistics & numerical data
Follow-Up Studies
Funnel Chest / surgery*
Korea / epidemiology
Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data
Middle Aged
Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)
Patient Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data
Postoperative Complications / epidemiology
Thoracic Surgical Procedures / instrumentation,  methods,  statistics & numerical data
Treatment Outcome

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