The early radiologic findings in the adult chest after cardiopulmonary bypass surgery

Richard W Katzberg, G. H. Whitehouse, J. A. deWeese

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Abstract

Postoperative chest radiographs of 70 adults who had undergone cardiopulmonary bypass surgery were evaluated. The distribution of pulmonary collapse/consolidation and pleural effusions, and the pattern of radiopacities related to drainage tubes were considered. Radiologic manifestations related to sternotomy were noted. Cases with a recorded postoperative blood loss of more than 280 ml/hour and/or an increase in mediastinal width of more than 70% had massive mediastinal hemorrhage that required reoperation. Changes in mediastinal contour were inconsistent, although total loss of mediastinal definition sugested hemorrhage or drainage tube blockage. A left apical extrapleural cap indicated massive mediastinal hemorrhage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-215
Number of pages11
JournalCardiovascular Radiology
Volume1
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1978
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Heart surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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