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Novel Treatment of a Persistent Bronchopleural Fistula Using a Customized Spigot

Jindal, Aditya MD, DM; Agarwal, Ritesh MD, DM

Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology: April 2014 - Volume 21 - Issue 2 - p 173–176
doi: 10.1097/LBR.0000000000000057
Brief Reports

An abnormal communication between the bronchus and the pleural cavity is known as a bronchopleural fistula (BPF). The incidence of postoperative BPF ranges from 1.5% to 28%, and is responsible for considerable morbidity and mortality. Various modalities have been used for treatment of BPF including surgery and endobronchial occlusion devices. The scope of therapy is limited in developing countries because of cost constraints and lack of availability of different occlusion devices. A novel method of BPF closure using a customized spigot and cyanoacrylate glue is described.

Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Disclosure: There is no conflict of interest or other disclosures.

Reprints: Ritesh Agarwal, MD, DM, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Sector-12, Chandigarh 160012, India (e-mails: riteshpgi@gmail.com; agarwal.ritesh@pgimer.edu.in).

Received May 22, 2013

Accepted February 17, 2014

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.