What is the mortality risk of minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum (MIRPE)?

Updated: Oct 30, 2018
  • Author: Andre Hebra, MD; Chief Editor: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP  more...
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There have been at least 2 reported cases of cardiac injury and death following the Nuss procedure. The retrosternal dissection during the MIRPE and the placement of the bar can certainly cause a life-threatening complication such as cardiac injury. Becmeur et al have published a retrospective review of 16 cases of cardiac lacerations. [20] It is important for surgeons, patients, and their families to be aware of this risk. Meticulous attention to surgical technique as outlined in this article is important to minimize the risk of cardiac injury.

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