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Massive Hemorrhage With Argon Plasma Coagulation

Miu, Flora MD*; Loo, Chian Min MD*; Lee, Pyng MD

Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology: October 2010 - Volume 17 - Issue 4 - pp 351-352
doi: 10.1097/LBR.0b013e3181f39f69
Brief Reports

We report the first case of massive hemorrhage after argon plasma coagulation of an endobronchial tumor that obstructed the right main bronchus. This is the first report of bleeding complication with argon plasma coagulation while attempting to remove the tumor. The patient was successfully resuscitated and discharged without sequelae.

*Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Singapore General Hospital

Department of Medicine, National University Hospital, Singapore

Reprints: Pyng Lee, MD, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital, 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119074 (e-mail: pynglee@hotmail.com).

Received for publication May 25, 2010; accepted June 23, 2010

The authors have no conflicts of interest or financial ties to disclose.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.