Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2011; 59(8): 509-510
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1270758
Case Reports
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Endobronchial Valve for Secondary Pneumothorax in a Severe Emphysema Patient

M. Schiavon1 , G. Marulli1 , A. Zuin1 , S. Nicotra1 , F. Di Chiara1 , F. De Filippis1 , U. Fantoni2 , F. Rea1
  • 1Thoracic and Cardiovascular Sciences – Thoracic Surgery Division, University of Padua, Padua, Italy
  • 2Thoracic and Cardiovascular Sciences – Respiratory Disease Division, University of Padua, Padua, Italy
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Publication History

received November 30, 2010

accepted December 13, 2010

Publication Date:
25 March 2011 (online)


Secondary pneumothorax represents a challenging problem in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, due to their compromised health status. In this case, an endobronchial one-way valve was inserted in the left lower lobe by flexible bronchoscopy, resulting in a complete resolution of air leak and lung reexpansion. Endobronchial valve could represent a new option for the management of persistent air leak in patients not suitable for surgical procedures.


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