Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 1999; 47(6): 399-400
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1013185
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Carbon Dioxide Insufflation Aids Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery in a Young Child

S. Sakata, I. Yoshida, Y. Otani, O. Kawashima, M. Kamiyoshihara, S. Ishikawa, Y. Morishita
  • Second Department of Surgery, Gunma University School of Medicine, Gunma, Japan
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Publication Date:
19 March 2008 (online)


A 3-year-old girl with pectus excavatum successfully underwent exploration using video-assisted thoracic surgery. A complete pericardial defect was identified. The lung was kept totally collapsed during the procedure using low-flow (1 L/min), low-pressure (7 mmHg) carbon dioxide insufflation. This technique is expected to be a safe adjunct to thoracoscopic procedures in infants and small children.