Acute and chronic morbidity differences between muscle-sparing and standard lateral thoracotomies.


INTRODUCTION Opinions differ regarding differences between totally muscle-sparing thoracotomy and standard lateral thoracotomy approaches to pulmonary resection with respect to operative time, postoperative pain and morbidity, and occurrence of chronic postthoracotomy pain syndromes and subjective shoulder dysfunction. METHODS Three hundred thirty-five… (More)


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