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Revista Medica Herediana

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LOPEZ-CARRANZA, Mario et al. Treatment of pectus excavatum with minimally invasive surgery by Donald Nuss technique. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2011, vol.22, n.3, pp.108-114. ISSN 1018-130X.

Pectus excavatum is a congenital malformation of anterior wall of the chest, characterized by a depression of the sternum. Objective: To evaluate the results of surgical treatment in patients with pectus excavatum, using the technique of Nuss. Material and methods: 10 patients with Pectus excavatum, from 6 to 22 years, were included.Post surgical was follow-up 2 to 14 months. Results: Mean age was 11.5 years, eight were male, six had symmetrical pectus excavatum, the Haller index average 5.1. The indication for surgery was bronchopulmonary, symptons in four, four cardiac, one psychological and another recurrence of pectus Post-Ravitch. All patients received a metal bar with two stabilizers, operative time was between 2 y 4 hours and hospital stay was seven days. Three patients had postoperative complications: pneumothorax in two and one with inadequate fixation bar; in follow-up patients were asymptomatic and all show satisfaction with treatment. Conclusions: The Donald Nuss technique is a procedure to correct Pectus excavatum, reduces operative time and hospital stay, with presentation of minor complications and clínics and psicológics results.(Rev Med Hered 2011;22:108-114).

Keywords : Pectus excavatum; technical of Nuss; thoracoscopy; minimally invasive surgery.

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