Expanding extrapleural hematoma from rib fractures after cardiac surgery

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A 79-year-old man underwent coronary artery bypass grafting and ascending aorta prosthetic replacement for aneurysm at our Institution. His postoperative course was characterized by rapid onset of hypotension and anemia. Re-exploration found no surgical source of bleeding. A chest computed tomography showed a huge extrapleural hematoma caused by rib fractures. Percutaneous chest drainage was effective, and the patient recovered quickly. Follow-up computed tomography confirmed a good result.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-368
Number of pages3
JournalAsian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


  • Aortic aneurysm
  • coronary artery bypass
  • hematoma
  • postoperative complications
  • rib fractures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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