Patients undergoing lung volume reduction surgery and those supported by mechanical ventilation are among our most vulnerable patients. Prolonged air leak in these fragile patients can have dire, even fatal, consequences. This article describes the incidence of prolonged air leak in these populations, the causes ascribed to their development, and strategies that may be applied to their prevention and treatment.
- Lung volume reduction surgery
- Mechanical ventilation
- Prolonged air leak
- Severe emphysema
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine