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Large thoracomyoplasty and negative pressure therapy for late postpneumonectomy empyema with a retrosternal abscess: a modern version of the clagett procedure.
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PMID:  21303873     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
A 63-year-old male with a history of cancer, and who had undergone a left pneumonectomy seven years before, presented with deterioration in his general status and recent dyspnea [stage III (New York Heart Association) NYHA]. Imaging revealed a contralateral mediastinal shift and cardiac compression caused by pneumonectomy cavity enlargement and a retrosternal liquid mass. Late empyema associated with a retrosternal abscess caused by Propionibacterium acnes was diagnosed after thoracoscopy and an anterior mediastinotomy. Surgical treatment included an axillar open-window thoracostomy associated with negative pressure therapy (NPT), followed by a large thoracomyoplasty where part of the latissimus dorsi was harvested, and then guided healing. The chest was closed after eight months. This case is an unusual observation of a late post-pneumonectomy empyema with Propionibacterium acnes presenting like recurring cancer, but that was treated effectively using traditional (Clagett procedure) and newer (NPT) strategies. Keywords: Postpneumonectomy empyema; Late empyema; Mediastinal abscess; Open-window thoracostomy; Thoracomyoplasty; Negative pressure therapy.
Marion Durand; Benoit Godbert; Valentine Anne; Gilles Grosdidier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-2-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1569-9285     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-2-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101158399     Medline TA:  Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital Nancy, Nancy, France.
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