Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Br J Surg. 2005 Jul;92(7):836-9.

Surgery for non-localized bronchiectasis.

Author information

1
Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital, Switzerland.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Resection for localized bronchiectasis is a well established therapy. However, there is little information on the role of surgery in non-localized bronchiectasis.

METHODS:

Between January 1992 and April 2001, 55 patients without cystic fibrosis underwent resection. Forty-eight patients (mean age 45 (range 23-74) years; 32 women) were available for long-term follow-up. Twenty-five patients underwent resection for localized disease (group 1) and 23 had bronchiectasis in at least two different lobes (group 2).

RESULTS:

Thirty-one of the 48 patients were treated by Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) resection. There was no 30-day mortality. Mean duration of hospital stay was 10.9 (range 6-31) days in group 1 and 11.1 (range 5-19) days in group 2. Three of 25 patients in group 1 required reoperation. Only minor complications occurred in group 2 (three patients). Mean follow-up for both groups was 37 (range 6-97) months. Twenty-three of 25 patients in group 1 and 16 of 23 in group 2 reported satisfaction at 6 months after the operation. Recurrent infection was noted in three patients in each group. Haemoptysis recurred in only one patient in group 2.

CONCLUSION:

The surgical treatment of selected patients with non-localized bronchiectasis was safe and most patients were satisfied with the outcome.

PMID:
15898122
DOI:
10.1002/bjs.4949
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wiley
Loading ...
Support Center