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Loss of Buoyancy Control Following a Pneumonectomy: An Update on Keeling Syndrome With a Biomechanics-Based Explanation

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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Source Name: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery


Tsagkari E, Kapetanakis EI, Goutis G, Tomos P

The Editorial Group is grateful to Dr Manos Kapetanakis for bringing to our attention their small case series on a ' lifestyle' late complication of pneumonectomy for malignancy. It will be challenging to guide the swimmer with curable central pulmonary cancer in making an informed decision on the strength of the sporadic Keeling Syndrome. The biomechanic discussion holds translational value.


We thank the editorial group for their kind comments and for showcasing our short report. We were really surprised to discover this unusual complication following pneumonectomy and felt it had to be report it as it can have potentially dire ramifications. Has anyone else encountered it in their practice?

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