Recurrent lung atelectasis from fibrin plugs as a very early complication of bronchial thermoplasty: A case report

Nicola Facciolongo, Francesco Menzella, Mirco Lusuardi, Roberto Piro, Carla Galeone, Claudia Castagnetti, Alberto Cavazza, Cristiano Carbonelli, Luigi Zucchi, Pier Paolo Salsi

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Abstract

Background: Bronchial thermoplasty (BT) is a new therapeutic option for severe refractory asthma not controlled despite high dose inhaled corticosteroids plus long-acting bronchodilators and omalizumab in selected cases. Risk of pulmonary atelectasis after BT in severe asthma has been described in literature, but no details have been reported on the possible mechanisms of the complication. Case presentation: A 49-year-old male with severe uncontrolled asthma was referred to BT One hour after the first procedure, acute respiratory failure occurred with PaO2/FiO2

Original languageEnglish
Article number9
JournalMultidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Asthma
  • Bronchial thermoplasty
  • Bronchoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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