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This chapter, reviews thoracic surgery for a host of pathologies in children. The author discusses commonly encountered pediatric congenital lung tumors (i.e.. Congenital lobar emphysema and Congenital Cystic Adenomatous Malformations). Anesthetic implications for VATS vs open thoracotomy as well as approaches for one lung ventilation is considered. Treatment of intraoperative pulmonary issues as well as strategies for post-operative analgesia are presented.
This chapter presents an extremely common pediatric surgical issue; foreign body aspiration. The authors review the types commonly ingested foreign bodies as well as the presenting signs and symptoms. The preoperative evaluation, anesthetic considerations and complications for foreign bodies in discussed.