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Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/SPV.0b013e3182a5de9e
Case Report

Lung Collapse Secondary to Mucus Plug in a Gynecologic Patient After Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

Lazarou, George MD, FACOG, FACS*†; Slavin, Stephen MD; Cui, Nuan MD*; Mitchell, Kaitlyn BS

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Abstract

This is the case of a 45-year-old woman with a history of asthma and smoking who developed complete left lung and right upper lobe collapse secondary to mucus plugs that developed immediately postoperatively after an uncomplicated reconstructive pelvic surgery. This rare intraoperative complication was successfully treated in the recovery room with bedside fiber-optic bronchoscopy. This resulted in complete resolution of her pulmonary findings within 24 hours of bronchoscopy.

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