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Kato T.,Gifu Municipal Hospital Gifu | Kato T.,Gifu Heart Center | Umeda Y.,Gifu Municipal Hospital Gifu | Azuma K.-I.,Gifu Municipal Hospital Gifu | Murakawa S.,Gifu Municipal Hospital Gifu
Asian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals | Year: 2010

A 72-year-old man underwent post-infarction ventricular septal defect repair. Postoperatively, he required prolonged ventilation and could not be weaned from positive-pressure-assisted ventilation because of intractable bilateral pleural effusions. Conservative therapy was ineffective. After instituting pleuroperitoneal shunting, the patient could be weaned easily from a respirator. © SAGE Publications 2010.

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