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Thoracic Scars



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

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