What are the possible complications of pneumonectomy?

Updated: Apr 18, 2019
  • Author: Dale K Mueller, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Answer

Potential complications of pneumonectomy and extrapleural pneumonectomy include the following:

  • Atrial fibrillation

  • Cardiac herniation

  • Tamponade

  • Diaphragmatic/pericardial patch dehiscence

  • Bronchopleural fistula

  • Deep venous thrombosis

  • Pulmonary embolism

  • Pneumonia

  • Pulmonary edema

  • Respiratory insufficiency

  • Myocardial infarction

  • Bleeding

  • Wound infection

  • Urinary tract infection

  • Sepsis

  • Postpneumonectomy syndrome

  • Empyema [1, 2]


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