Special Situations: Air Leak After Lung Volume Reduction Surgery and in Ventilated Patients

Saila P. Nicotera, Malcom McAvoy DeCamp Jr*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-434
Number of pages8
JournalThoracic Surgery Clinics
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010

Keywords

  • Barotrauma
  • Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Prolonged air leak
  • Severe emphysema
  • Volutrauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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