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Chest. 1990 Jun;97(6):1390-2.

Endoscopic diagnosis and treatment of postoperative bronchopleural fistula.

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Division of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.


The diagnosis and closure of small postresection bronchopleural fistulae can be accomplished with selective bronchography and placement of fibrin sealant through the flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope. This method of diagnosis and closure of the bronchopleural fistula avoids both general anesthesia and a thoracotomy. This technique is successful in small bronchopleural fistulae and patients with multiple postresection bronchial stumps.

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