Postpneumonectomy syndrome after left pneumonectomy

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Postpneumonectomy syndrome, a late complication of pneumonectomy, is secondary to shift of the mediastinum and remaining lung toward the pneumonectomy side, leading to tracheobronchial compression between the vertebral body and the aorta or pulmonary artery. Obstructive airway symptoms are usually due to tracheobronchial tree compression, however, secondary airway malacia may develop. We report herein a case of postpneumonectomy syndrome with secondary bronchomalacia after left pneumonectomy in a patient with normal mediastinal vascular anatomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-703
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001


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