n Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Mitral valve and coronary artery bypass surgeries 13 years after pneumonectomy for lung cancer : online article - case report




We successfully performed coronary artery bypass grafting and mitral valve replacement in a 72-year-old man who had undergone a left pneumonectomy 13 years previously due to a malignant mass. The patient was admitted to our clinic with symptoms of dyspnoea, palpitations, chest pain and fatigue. He was diagnosed with mitral valve disease and two-vessel coronary artery disease, as seen from echocardiography and catheterisation studies. Conventional cardiopulmonary bypass grafting was performed following sternotomy. The patient's heart was completely displaced to the left hemithorax. Saphenous vein grafts were harvested. Distal anastomoses were performed with the use of the on-pump beating heart technique without cross clamping. Afterwards a cross clamping was placed and a left atriotomy was performed. The mitral valve was severely calcific. A mitral valve replacement was performed using number 27 mechanical valve after the valve had been excised. The patient's postoperative course was uneventful. Cardiac contractility was seen to be normal and the mitral valve was functioning on echocardiography done in the second postoperative month.


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