Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.  2013 Jun;46(3):226-229. 10.5090/kjtcs.2013.46.3.226.

Treatment of Intractable Pneumothorax with Emphysema Using Endobronchial Watanabe Spigots

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Gangnam Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Korea. dylee@yuhs.ac
  • 2Department Internal Medicine, Gangnam Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Korea.
  • 3Department of Pulmonary Disease, Japanese Red Cross Okayama Hospital, Japan.

Abstract

Prolonged air leakage is a major cause of morbidity in pneumothorax. When conservative management is not effective, surgery should be performed. However, surgery is not appropriate in patients with low pulmonary function. In these patients, occlusion of the airway with endobronchial blockers may be attempted under bronchoscopy. We treated two patients with prolonged air leakage using endobronchial Watanabe spigots under fibrobronchoscopy.

Keyword

Pneumothorax; Pulmonary emphysema; Endoscopy
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