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

Surgery for non-localized bronchiectasis.

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



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


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).


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.


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

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