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Evidence of Efficacy of Intrabronchial Valves for Persistent Air leak

Dinga, Marcus, BS*; Yarmus, Lonny B., DO*; Gorden, Jed A., MD; Gilbert, Christopher R., DO, MS

doi: 10.1097/CPM.0000000000000280
Interventional Pulmonary Medicine

The management of persistent air leaks remains a common and challenging clinical problem. The introduction of intrabronchial valves has offered an alternative intervention for air-leak management; however, the efficacy of these valves remains unclear. Numerous case reports and case series currently exist as well as some larger trials; however, many remained plagued with shortcomings of retrospective, often single-center descriptions. Within this review, we attempt to describe the history of intrabronchial valves, the current intrabronchial valve systems available for use, and the current literature available evaluating intrabronchial valve use.

*Section of Interventional Pulmonology, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Division of Thoracic Surgery and Interventional Pulmonology, Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle, WA

Disclosure: The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to: Christopher R. Gilbert, DO, MS, Division of Thoracic Surgery and Interventional Pulmonology, 1101 Madison St., Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98104-3588. E-mail:

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