Early complications: Bronchopleural fistula and empyema

C. Deschamps, P. C. Pairolero, M. S. Allen, D. L. Miller, V. F. Trastek

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Postpneumonectomy empyema with or without fistula is a serious complication. Management includes drainage, antibiotherapy, debridement, closure of the bronchopleural fistula when present, and obliteration of the residual pleural space. Excellent results can be obtained in most patients using the Clagett procedure and its modification. A detailed description of each step of the surgical treatment of postpneumonectomy empyema and associated bronchopleural fistula is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)587-595
Number of pages9
JournalChest Surgery Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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