Transthoracic Closure of a Postpneumonectomy Bronchopleural Fistula With Coils and Cyanoacrylate

Lindsey A. Clemson, Eric Walser, Amanjit Gill, James E. Lynch, Joseph B. Zwischenberger

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Standard treatment for persistent bronchopleural fistulas involves thoracotomy with primary closure and transposition of a vascularized muscle flap to the bronchial leak site. This major operation may be ineffective or medically contraindicated. We successfully treated 2 patients by insertion of coils and cyanoacrylate glue into and adjacent to the fistula of a postpneumonectomy bronchial stump with computed tomographic-guided transthoracic needle. The coils served as scaffolding for cyanoacrylate glue to control the bronchopleural fistula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1924-1926
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2006


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery

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