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September 1992

Complications in Thoracic Surgery: Recognition and Management

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Worcester, Mass

Arch Surg. 1992;127(9):1141. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1992.01420090153026

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The scope and complexity of thoracic surgery have increased with the introduction of new treatment modalities in the management of thoracic diseases occurring in an increasingly elderly population. Consequently, the knowledge of the potential complications that can occur and their management become very important for every physician involved in the treatment of patients with thoracic diseases. Complications in Thoracic Surgery is a very comprehensive text written by specialists in anesthesiology, critical care, otolaryngology, nephrology, hematology/oncology, infectious disease, oncology, radiology, pulmonary medicine, and thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.

The text contains 28 chapters. The first chapter gives a good historical background about complications in thoracic surgery. The role of nursing in the treatment of patients with thoracic diseases is clearly and sufficiently summarized. The chapters on cardiac arrhythmias, and renal and anesthetic complications contain detailed information. Several chapters are devoted to complications associated with chemotherapy-induced toxicity, radiation therapy, pulmonary artery

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