Amplatzer device and vacuum-assisted closure therapy to treat a thoracic empyema with bronchopleural fistula

Eliseo Passera, Giovanni Guanella, Alberto Meroni, Giuseppe Chiesa, Adriano Rizzi, Gaetano Rocco

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Abstract

We present a case of lower bilobectomy complicated by a large bronchopleural fistula and empyema 1 month after primary surgery. The patient was immediately treated with an open window thoracostomy. After surgical debridement, an Amplatzer Septal Occluder device (AGA Medical Corp, Plymouth, MN) was positioned to close the fistula. Thereafter, the thoracostomy rapidly and spontaneously closed with vacuum-assisted closure therapy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume92
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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