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Patency of the internal mammary arteries after removal of the Nuss bar: an initial report

Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery | 2 Apr 2014

K Külcü, TW Elenbaas, DT Nguyen, RP Verhees, C Mihl, NY Verberkmoes, AH van Straten and MA Soliman Hamad
Abstract
Surgical correction of pectus excavatum (PE) has shifted to the modern minimally invasive Nuss procedure, which proved to be safe and effective. In order to restore the dented deformity, custom-curved metal bars provide continuous retrosternal pressure but cross the habitat of the internal mammary arteries (IMAs) directly affecting their patency. In this initial report, we sought to assess the patency of the IMAs in the first 6 patients who underwent Nuss bar removal in our department.
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Pectus carinatum, Human appearance, Pressure, Minimally invasive, Internal thoracic artery, Pectus excavatum
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