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Chirurgia 2010 August;23(4):127-9

language: English

Dyspnea related to xiphoid pathology

Han S., Çekmen N.

1 Guven Hospital, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Ankara, Turkey
1 Güven Hospital Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Ankara, Turkey


Various pathologies leading to dyspnea have been described. There is limited information on dyspnea associated with pathology of the xiphoid process. In this pathology, malposition or chondritis may develop due to trauma or abdominal obesity. All of these may lead to sensitivity and/or pain in the xiphoid area of the patient, which results in difficulty in breathing deeply and discomfort in breathing. Dyspnea is more pronounced during physical activity. Four patients with dyspnea associated with xiphoid pathologies were evaluated in our clinic. In these patients, xiphoid resection was performed. In early postoperative period and afterwards, the conditions of the patients significantly improved. Here, the patients with dyspnea associated with xiphoid pathologies whose conditions improved after surgery have been presented.

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