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Bronchopleural Fistula

  • Ju-Mei Ng
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Abstract

>A bronchopleural fistula (BPF) is a persistent pathological ­communication between the central airways and the pleural cavity (excluding small peripheral air leaks for the purposes of this discussion). The incidence varies from 4.5 to 20% following pneumonectomy or 0.5% following lobectomy with a high mortality of between 18 and 50% (1).

Keywords

Bronchopleural fistula Subcutaneous emphysema Chest drain Stump dehiscence Flexible bronchoscopy Lung isolation Ventilation Clagett procedure Open drainage procedures High-frequency jet ventilation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ju-Mei Ng
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  1. 1.Department of Anaesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain MedicineBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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