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Thoracoscopic division of vascular rings in infants and children.
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PMID:  17706496     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Traditionally vascular rings in infants and children are treated through an open thoracotomy. Recently, thoracoscopic surgery has been used for these complex procedures. This study reports our early experience with thoracoscopic division of vascular rings and evaluates the efficacy and safety of this approach. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Patients who underwent thoracoscopic division of vascular rings at King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from December 2004 to January 2006 are included. Their data were carefully analyzed looking at demographics, clinical presentation, diagnostic modality, type of the anomaly, operative details, complications, and outcome. RESULTS: A total of 9 patients underwent thoracoscopic division of vascular rings. Age at surgery ranged between 2 and 108 months (mean, 24 months). Weight varied between 5.3 and 32 kg (mean, 10.3 kg). All patients were symptomatic. Computed tomographic scan was diagnostic and accurately defined the type of anomaly in all the patients. Four patients had a right aortic arch with an aberrant left subclavian artery and left ductus/ligamentum arteriosum, 2 had double aortic arches, and 3 had a right aberrant subclavian artery. One patient developed right-sided pneumothorax on the contralateral site, and another one developed apnea 12 hours after surgery, requiring mechanical ventilation. There was no mortality. Operative time ranged between 50 and 145 minutes, the mean being 107 minutes. The average hospital stay was 4 days. Five patients had their preoperative symptoms completely resolved, and the rest are showing steady improvement. The average follow-up period is 6 months. CONCLUSION: Our early experience indicates that thoracoscopic division of vascular rings is safe and effective. Because it takes away the need for thoracotomy, it is likely that it can result in less postoperative pain and rapid convalescence. It also prevents the ill effects of thoracotomy and gives good cosmetic results.
Abdulrahman Al-Bassam; Mohammad Saquib Mallick; Aayed Al-Qahtani; Tariq Al-Tokhais; Abdulmonem Gado; Ahmed Al-Boukai; Ahmed Thalag; Muslem Alsaadi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric surgery     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1531-5037     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr. Surg.     Publication Date:  2007 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-20     Completed Date:  2007-09-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0052631     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1357-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, King Khalid University Hospital and College of Medicine, King Saud University, PO Box 86572, Riyadh 11632, Saudi Arabia.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiovascular Abnormalities / surgery*
Child, Preschool
Constriction, Pathologic
Esophageal Diseases / congenital,  surgery*
Tracheal Diseases / congenital,  surgery*
Treatment Outcome
Vascular Diseases / congenital,  surgery*

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