Scientific publications

Ossification of an intercostal flap after carinal resection: long-term concerns of a 'protection maneuver'.

Aug 1, 2003 | Magazine: European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

W. Torre (a), N. Rodriguez-Spiteri (a), C. Garran (b) and F. Bergaz (c)

This CT-scan shows an ossification of the flap of two intercostal muscles 6 months after a carinal resection with reconstruction of the tracheo-bronchial tree using the Barclay's technique in a 39-year-old patient with a lower-third tracheal adenoid cystic carcinoma. Some degree of stenosis can also be seen at the level of the right main bronchus. A stent was placed but migrated.

The picture is striking, because it looks like a hangman's noose around the neck. Recurrence was ruled out. Two years later the images have not changed. The patient is asymptomatic and continues to lead an active life although there is a slight decrease in lung function tests.

CITATION  Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2003 Aug;24(2):306. doi: 10.1016/s1010-7940(03)00303-8.