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Hypotension and Right-Sided Heart Failure After Left Pneumonectomy 

Hypotension and Right-Sided Heart Failure After Left Pneumonectomy
Hypotension and Right-Sided Heart Failure After Left Pneumonectomy

Misty A. Radosevich

, W. Brian Beam

, and Onur Demirci

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date: 16 January 2021

Cardiac herniation is a rare but serious complication that may develop after pneumonectomy. It occurs when the heart is displaced through a pericardial defect into the newly empty hemithorax. Between 1951 and 2005, approximately 50 cases of postpneumonectomy cardiac herniation were reported. However, a higher incidence has been described for extrapleural pneumonectomy in patients who have had chemotherapy for malignant mesothelioma.

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