Healing of Bronchopleural Fistula using a modified Dumon stent: a Case report

Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery. 2006 Jun 23;1(1):16 [Epub ahead of print] [Link]

Ferraroli GM, Testori A, Cioffi U, De Simone M, Alloisio M, Galliera M, Ciulla MM, Ravasi G.


Background: Brochopleural fistula following lung resection is a therapeuric challenge for thoracic surgeons.

Case Presentation: We describe a case of late bronchopleural fistula after right extrapleural pneumonectomy for malignant mesothelioma. Bronchoscopic attempts to repair it were unsuccessful.

Conclusions: The use of a modified Y Dumon stent associated with glue apposition on the bronchial stump allowed us to close the fistula without the need of any surgical repair.