Closure of bronchopleural fistulas by an omental pedicle flap

Leigh I G Iverson, J Nilas Young, Roger R. Ecker, Coyness L. Ennix, Glen Lau, Robert Stallone, Orville Grimes, Ivan A. May

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Bronchopleural cutaneous fistulas are a serious problem that are difficult to treat with any assurance of success. Thoracoplasty, muscle pedicle grafts, and attempts at reclosure have been used with limited success. We have used the omental flap technique in the management of five patients with bronchopleural cutaneous fistulas. In our patients and in four cases in the literature, the success rate has been 100 percent. The omental pedicle flap is a simple way to close bronchopleural fistulas. It avoids extensive chest wall dissection and destruction in patients who often have marked respiratory embarrassment and other underlying disease. The results have been excellent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-42
Number of pages3
JournalThe American Journal of Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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  • Surgery


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