Early pleural effusions related to the myocardial injury after open-heart surgery for congenital heart disease
Cardiac Surgical Procedures
Heart Defects, Congenital
We found that higher the cTnI released, especially >or=15 microg/L, longer the duration and greater the amount of early pleural effusions for a variety of congenital heart surgeries including cavopulmonary shunts. A number of factors may lead to excessive pleural effusions and the degree of myocardial injury may be one of them.