Postoperative atelectasis after one-lung ventilation with the Univent® tube in a child

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  • This case describes a postoperative complication after single-lung ventilation in a 10-year-old patient scheduled for scoliosis repair. This patient underwent an anterior thoracoscopic excision of several vertebral discs followed by a posterior double-rod fixation of her spine. The postoperative course was complicated by complete atelectasis of the patient's right lung for 5 days. Methods of single-lung ventilation, advantages and disadvantages of the Univent® tube versus the double-lumen tube, and the possible mechanisms leading to postoperative atelectasis in this child are discussed. © 2003 by Elsevier Science Inc.
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  • Frölich MA
  • Start Page

  • 159
  • End Page

  • 163
  • Volume

  • 15
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  • 2