Pleural effusion after microtia reconstructive surgery: A case report

Yun Hee Kim, Jin Namkung, Byung Gun Lim, Sam Hong Min, Hye Won Shin, Choon Hak Lim

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Microtia reconstructive surgery is usually a multi-stage repair procedure that involves the use of cartilage and skin grafts. Complications can arise at both ear reconstruction sites and cartilage donor sites. In particular, pneumothorax, atelectasis, chest scars, and chest deformities are known to be associated with the harvesting of costal cartilage. However, delayed pleural effusion can also develop. Our patient complained of a cough and chest pain at 5 days postoperatively, and pleural effusion was detected by chest radiography. However, thoracentesis was not performed and the effusion resolved spontaneously and completely.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-168
Number of pages3
JournalKorean journal of anesthesiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug
Externally publishedYes


  • Cartilage harvest
  • Microtia
  • Pleural effusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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