Common Complications Of Median Sternotomy

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Our patient is a 71-year-old female who presented for a total thyroidectomy with median sternotomy for a large, multi-nodular substernal goiter with deep substernal extension. Left recurrent laryngeal nerve was clearly identified, the right recurrent laryngeal nerve was not. Post-operative course was complicated by severe stridor and hoarseness requiring emergent intervention from multidisciplinary team members including general surgery, thoracic surgery, anesthesiology, respiratory therapy, and otolaryngology. We will discuss the most common complications of a median sternotomy, as well as emergent post-operative management of patients with such complications.


American Society of Anesthesiology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, October 21-25, 2022.