Managing major vessel injuries with a Fogarty catheter during chest re-opening in children

Fabrizio Gandolfo, Sergio Filippelli, Enrico Cetrano, Adriano Carotti

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Abstract

Injury of structures, leading to a major bleeding during chest opening, is a severe and potentially life-threatening complication, especially in redo cardiac surgery, both in adults and children. In three paediatric redo operations performed via midline sternotomy, we managed this complication successfully and uneventfully by using an inflated Fogarty catheter to plug the blood leak from the injured vessel before repairing the lesion under direct vision in a bloodless surgical field. Herein we report in detail the technique used and a comment on our experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-217
Number of pages2
JournalInteractive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

Keywords

  • Paediatric cardiac surgery
  • Re-operation
  • Surgery for congenital heart defect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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