Unusual cause of intraoperative hemoptysis.

Hartman JB, Bhojwani N, Markowitz AH, Gilkeson RC
J Card Surg. 2013 28 (6): 693-4

PMID: 23930737 · DOI:10.1111/jocs.12198

We present a rare complication of sternotomy wire removal in a patient with history of coronary artery bypass graft four years prior now undergoing redo sternotomy for aortic valve replacement. Upon removal of the third sternotomy wire the patient experienced hemoptysis from intrapulmonary hemorrhage, requiring that the procedure be aborted; careful review of preoperative computed tomography (CT) demonstrated this sternotomy wire to be traversing through lung parenchyma.

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Aged, 80 and over Aortic Valve Coronary Artery Bypass Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation Hemoptysis Hemorrhage Humans Internal Fixators Intraoperative Complications Lung Diseases Male Preoperative Period Reoperation Sternotomy Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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