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Closure of Chronic Bronchopleural Fistula Using Atrial Septal Occluder Device

Marwah, Vikas MD (Resp Med); Rajput, Ashok Kumar MD (Med), MD (RespMed), DNB; Madan, Heman DM (Cardiology), MD (Med); Garg, Yadvir MD (Resp Med)

Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology: January 2014 - Volume 21 - Issue 1 - p 82–84
doi: 10.1097/LBR.0000000000000034
Brief Reports

Chronic persistent bronchopleural fistulae (BPF) are challenging management problems. The management of BPF includes various surgical and medical procedures and of great value is the use of bronchoscopy and different devices. In high-risk surgical patients, bronchoscopic procedures serve as a temporary bridge until the patient’s clinical condition improves, whereas in other patients bronchoscopic procedures may be the only option. We present a case of postoperative chronic BPF closed by a less invasive interventional bronchoscopic procedure using an atrial septal occluder device.

Department of Respiratory Medicine, Army Hospital (Research & Referral), Delhi Cantt, New Delhi, India

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

Reprints: Vikas Marwah, MD (Resp Med), Department of Respiratory Medicine, Army Hospital (R&R), Delhi Cantt-10, New Delhi, India (e-mail:

Received April 15, 2013

Accepted November 13, 2013

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.