A novel approach to endobronchial closure of a bronchial pleural fistula

Jason Akulian, Vikas Pathak, Mark Lessne, Kelvin Hong, David Feller-Kopman, Hans Lee, Lonny Yarmus

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Abstract

Bronchopleural fistula presents an important and challenging management problem after lung parenchymal resection. The mainstay of treatment has been surgical revision of the bronchial stump, however increasingly endobronchial therapies are being employed. We report the novel use of a liquid embolic agent with an Amplatzer vascular plug to seal a chronic bronchopleural fistula. Using rigid bronchoscopy, fluoroscopy, radio opaque liquid embolic agent, and the Amplatzer vascular plug, we were able to demonstrate not only feasibility but also safety and a marked reduction in symptoms consistent with successful closure of the bronchopleural fistula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-699
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume98
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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