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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Rivista di Chirurgia Cardiaca, Vascolare e Toracica
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2000 February;41(1):147-9
Gastropleural fistula as complication of postpneumonectomy empyema
Mussi A., Lucchi M., Davini F., Angeletti C. A.
From the Division of Thoracic Surgery Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
A 54-year-old woman underwent a left pneumonectomy for monolateral congenital pulmonary cysts, complicated by a pleural empyema without bronchial fistula, in the late postoperative period. The pleural empyema was evacuated and managed by means of a small thoracic drainage. Three months after discharge the patient noticed the presence of ingesta in the pleural washing fluid. Diagnostic and operative procedures in this rare case of non malignant, non traumatic gastropleural fistula are described.