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Thoracic Scars

Overview

  • Scars on the chest can suggest past surgery, trauma, burns and 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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