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Ann Thorac Surg. 2006 Jul;82(1):197-206; discussion 206-7.

Patient and surgical factors influencing air leak after lung volume reduction surgery: lessons learned from the National Emphysema Treatment Trial.

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Fishman AP, Bozzarello BA, Al-Amin A, Katz M, Wheeler C, Baker E, Barnard P, Cagle P, Carter J, Chatziioannou S, Conejo-Gonzales K, Dubose K, Haddad J, Hicks D, Kleiman N, Milburn-Barnes M, Nguyen C, Reardon M, Reeves-Viets J, Sax S, Sharafkhaneh A, Wilson O, Young C, Espada R, Butanda R, Ellisor M, Fox P, Hale K, Hood E, Jahn A, Jhingran S, King K, Miller C 3rd, Nizami I, Officer T, Ricketts J, Rodarte J, Teague R, Williams K, Reilly J, Sugarbaker D, Fanning C, Body S, Duffy S, Formanek V, Fuhlbrigge A, Hartigan P, Hooper S, Hunsaker A, Jacobson F, Moy M, Peterson S, Russell R, Saunders D, Swanson S, McKenna R, Mohsenifar Z, Geaga C, Biring M, Clark S, Cutler J, Frantz R, Julien P, Lewis M, Minkoff-Rau J, Yegan V, Joyner M, DeCamp M, Stoller J, Meli Y, Apostolakis J, Atwell D, Chapman J, DeVilliers P, Dweik R, Kraenzler E, Lann R, Kurokawa N, Marlow S, McCarthy K, McCreight P, Mehta A, Meziane M, Minai O, Steiger M, White K, Maurer J, Durr T, Hearn C, Lubell S, O'Donovan P, Schliz R, Ginsburg M, Thomashow B, Jellen P, Austin J, Bartels M, Berkmen Y, Berkoski P, Brogan F, Chong A, DeMercado G, DiMango A, Do S, Kachulis B, Khan A, Mets B, O'Shea M, Pearson G, Rossoff L, Scharf S, Shiau M, Simonelli P, Stavrolakes K, Tsang D, Vilotijevic D, Yip C, Mantinaos M, McKeon K, Pfeffer J, MacIntyre N, Davis RD, Howe J, Coleman RE, Crouch R, Greene D, Katherine G, Harpole D Jr, Krichman A, Lawlor B, McAdams H, Plankeel J, Rinaldo-Gallo S, Shearer S, Jeanne S, Stafford-Smith M, Tapson V, Steele M, Norten J, Utz J, Deschamps C, Mieras K, Abel M, Allen M, Andrist D, Aughenbaugh G, Bendel S, Edell E, Edgar M, Edwards B, Elliot B, Garrett J, Gillespie D, Gurney J, Hammel B, Hanson K, Hanson L, Harms G, Hart J, Hartman T, Hyatt R, Jensen E, Jenson N, Kalra S, Karsell P, Lamb J, Midthun D, Mottram C, Swenson S, Sykes AM, Taylor K, Torres N, Hubmayr R, Miller D, Bartling S, Bradt K, Make B, Pomerantz M, Gilmartin M, Canterbury J, Carlos M, Dibbern P, Fernandez E, Geyman L, Hudson C, Lynch D, Newell J, Quaife R, Propst J, Raymond C, Whalen-Price J, Winner K, Zamora M, Cherniack R, Diaz P, Ross P, Bees T, Drake J, Emery C, Gerhardt M, King M, Rittinger D, Rittinger M, Naunheim K, Gerber R, Osterloh J, Borosh S, Chamberlain W, Frese S, Hibbit A, Kleinhenz ME, Ruppel G, Stolar C, Willey J, Alvarez F, Keller C, Criner G, Furukawa S, Kuzma AM, Barnette R, Brister N, Carney K, Chatila W, Cordova F, D'Alonzo G, Keresztury M, Kirsch K, Kwak C, Lautensack K, Lorenzon M, Martin U, Rising P, Schartel S, Travaline J, Vance G, Boiselle P, O'Brien G, Ries A, Kaplan R, Ramirez C, Frankville D, Friedman P, Harrell J, Johnson J, Kapelanski D, Kupferberg D, Larsen C, Limberg T, Magliocca M, Papatheofanis FJ, Sassi-Dambron D, Weeks M, Krasna M, Fessler H, Moskowitz I, Gilbert T, Orens J, Scharf S, Shade D, Siegelman S, Silver K, Weir C, White C, Martinez F, Iannettoni M, Meldrum C, Bria W, Campbell K, Christensen P, Flaherty K, Gay S, Gill P, Kazanjian P, Kazerooni E, Knieper V, Ojo T, Poole L, Quint L, Rysso P, Sisson T, True M, Woodcock B, Zaremba L, Kaiser L, Hansen-Flaschen J, Dempsey ML, Alavi A, Alcorn T, Arcasoy S, Aronchick J, Aukberg S, Benedict B, Craemer S, Daniele R, Edelman J, Gefter W, Kotler-Klein L, Kotloff R, Lipson D, Miller W Jr, O'Connell R, Opelman S, Palevsky H, Russell W, Sheaffer H, Simcox R, Snedeker S, Stone-Wynne J, Tino G, Wahl P, Walter J, Ward P, Zisman D, Mendez J, Wurster A, Sciurba F, Luketich J, Witt C, Ayres G, Donahoe M, Fuhrman C, Hoffman R, Lacomis J, Sexton J, Slivka W, Strollo D, Sullivan E, Simon T, Wrona C, Gerene B, Brown M, George E, Keenan R, Kopp T, Silfies L, Benditt J, Wood D, Snyder M, Anable K, Battaglia N, Boitano L, Bowdle A, Chan L, Chwalik C, Culver B, Gillespy T, Godwin D, Hoffman J, Ibrahim A, Lockhart D, Marglin S, Martay K, McDowell P, Oxorn D, Roessler L, Toshima M, Golden S, Bosco L, Chiang YP, Clancy C, Handelsman H, Berkowitz SM, Carino T, Chin J, Baldwin J, McVearry K, Norris A, Shirey S, Sikora C, Sheingold S, Piantadosi S, Tonascia J, Belt P, Blackford A, Collins K, Collison B, Colvin R, Dodge J, Donithan M, Edmonds V, Foster GL, Fuller J, Harle J, Jackson R, Lee S, Levine C, Livingston H, Meinert J, Meyers J, Nowakowski D, Owens K, Qi S, Smith M, Simon B, Smith P, Sternberg A, Van Natta M, Wilson L, Wise R, Kaplan RM, Schwartz JS, Chiang YP, Fahs MC, Fendrick AM, Moskowitz AJ, Pathak D, Ramsey S, Sheingold S, Shroyer AL, Wagner J, Yusen R, Ramsey S, Etzioni R, Sullivan S, Wood D, Schroeder T, Kreizenbeck K, Berry K, Howlader N, Hoffman E, Cook-Granroth J, Delsing A, Guo J, McLennan G, Mullan B, Piker C, Reinhardt J, Robinswood B, Sieren J, Stanford W, Waldhausen JA, Bernard G, DeMets D, Ferguson M, Hoover E, Levine R, Mahler D, McSweeny AJ, Wiener-Kronish J, Williams OD, Younes M, Criner G, Soltoff C, Weinmann G, Deshler J, Follmann D, Kiley J, Wu M, Gelb A.

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Section of Thoracic Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA. mdecamp@bidmc.harvard.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Although staple line buttressing is advocated to reduce air leak after lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), its effectiveness is unknown. We sought to identify risk factors for air leak and its duration and to estimate its medical consequences for selecting optimal perioperative technique(s), such as buttressing technique, to preempt or treat post-LVRS air leak.

METHODS:

Detailed air leak data were available for 552 of 580 patients receiving bilateral stapled LVRS in the National Emphysema Treatment Trial. Risk factors for prevalence and duration of air leak were identified by logistic and hazard function analyses. Medical consequences were estimated in propensity-matched pairs with and without air leak.

RESULTS:

Within 30 days of LVRS, 90% of patients developed air leak (median duration = 7 days). Its occurrence was more common and duration prolonged in patients with lower diffusing capacity (p = 0.06), upper lobe disease (p = 0.04), and important pleural adhesions (p = 0.007). Duration was also protracted in Caucasians (p < 0.0001), patients using inhaled steroids (p = 0.004), and those with lower 1-second forced expiratory volume (p = 0.0003). Surgical approach, buttressing, stapler brand, and intraoperative adjunctive procedures were not associated with fewer or less prolonged air leaks (p >/= 0.2). Postoperative complications occurred more often in matched patients experiencing air leak (57% vs 30%, p = 0.0004), and postoperative stay was longer (11.8 +/- 6.5 days vs 7.6 +/- 4.4 days, p = 0.0005).

CONCLUSIONS:

Air leak accompanies LVRS in 90% of patients, is often prolonged, and is associated with a more complicated and protracted hospital course. Its occurrence and duration are associated with characteristics of patients and their disease, not with a specific surgical technique.

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