Complications associated with the Nuss procedure

Takeru Nomachi*, Keisuke Imai, Akira Yamada, Takuya Fujimoto, Kuniyuki Morimoto, Hiroshi Matsumoto, Tetsuro Nakamura, Koichi Ohno

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PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess the complications seen in 5-years experience with the Nuss procedure. METHODS and RESULTS: Twenty-five patiens with pectus excavatum underwent repair by the Nuss Procedure. The patients ranged in age from 5 to 20 years (average, 8.0 years). There were 19 boys and 6 girls. Average CT index before and after operations were 4.76 and 2.62, respectively. The duration of sternal bracing was 3 years. COMPLICATIONS: There were no deaths, no cardiac perforations and no cases of bar displacement. Complications were pneumothorax requiring thoracostomy in 2 patients, atelectasis with fever in 4 patients, pleural effusion requiring a chest tube in one patient, and a wound infection in one patient which improved after using antibiotics. CONCLUSION: In this hospital, the Nuss Procedure has presented no major complications while many cases with minor complications were cured with noninvasive therapy after using the procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-438
Number of pages8
JournalJapanese Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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