Imaging findings of complications after thoracic surgery
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Many surgical procedures are used for the treatment of lung, heart, and mediastinal diseases. The techniques can result in postoperative complications. The nature of these complications differs according to the duration of thoracic surgery and the onset of the complication. The complications occurring within 1 month and more than 1 month generally considered as early and late complications, respectively. Chest radiographs and CT scans obtained in patients who have undergone thoracic surgery show normal changes during the surgical procedure and diverse postsurgical complications. Familiarity with the clinical and radiologic findings of the normal alterations and possible complications after thoracic surgery is crucial in minimizing the increased morbidity and mortality.
KeywordsPostoperative complications Lung Mediastinum Multidetector computed tomography
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