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Table 1 Clinical analysis of adult (Group A) and adolescent (Group B) patients with pectus excavatum who underwent pectus bar removal after completing repair

From: Minimization of the complications associated with bar removal after the Nuss procedure in adults

 Group A (n = 221)Group B (n = 62)P value
Mean age of Nuss repair, year, mean ± SD125.2 ± 5.114.8 ± 2.1 
Mean age of bar(s) removal, year, mean ± SD29.3 ± 5.418.1 ± 3.2< 0.001
Period of correction, years, mean ± SD4.4 ± 1.43.8 ± 0.70.010
Bar number  0.260
 One bar, n (%)59 (28)21 (40) 
 Two or three bars, n (%)162 (72)41 (60) 
Operation time, min, mean ± SD67.9 ± 32.759.6 ± 18.40.129
Blood loss, mL, mean (range)12.1 (10–100)11.6 (10–100)0.890
Hospital stay, days, mean ± SD2.9 ± 12.6 ± 10.610
Complications, n (%)6 (2.7)3 (4.8)0.400
 Pneumothorax42 
 Hematoma (wound)21 
  1. Normal distribution: mean ± SD; non-normal distribution: mean (range)