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Ann Thorac Surg. 2001 Jul;72(1):276-8.

The use of a Dumon stent for the treatment of a bronchopleural fistula.

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Second Department of Surgery, Kagoshima University Faculty of Medicine, Japan.


We report the successful management of a bronchopleural fistula with bronchial stent placement combined with irrigation of the empyema cavity. A bronchopleural fistula occurred in a 67-year-old man after a right upper lobectomy for lung cancer. Resuturing of the bronchial stump plus omental wrapping and subsequent closure of the open stump with a pedicled flap of intercostal muscle were not effective. Consequently, we placed a Dumon stent in the right main bronchus to close the stump.

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