Aortic and mitral valve surgery through a superior ministernotomy in pectus excavatum associated with Marfan's syndrome

Michele De Bonis, Francesco Maisano, Elisabetta Lapenna, Ottavio Alfieri

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Abstract

The combination of chest wall abnormalities such as pectus excavatum and cardiac disease requiring operative correction represents a clinical challenge to the surgeon. We report two cases of patients with Marfan's syndrome and severe pectus excavatum in whom cardiac operations were successfully performed using a superior 'T inverted' ministernotomy. This approach allowed safe isolation of the target cardiac structures, provided excellent operative exposure and enhanced chest wall stability by preserving the integrity of the lower sternum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-148
Number of pages3
JournalInteractive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

Keywords

  • Ministernotomy
  • Pectus excavatum
  • Valve surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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