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Thoracic Scars

 
 
 
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Overview

Scars on the chest can suggest past surgery, trauma, burns or healed skin conditions.
  • Common Thoracic Surgical Scars

  • A
    Sternotomy (midline)Most cardiac surgery, esp. CABG
  • B
    Anterior thoracotomy (submammary)Lung biopsy, pericardial surgery
  • C
    Posterolateral thoracotomy (axillary)Most non-cardiac thoracic procedures
  • D
    Clamshell (bilateral subpectoral)Lung transplantation
  • E
    Left subclavicularPacemaker insertion
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