Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2011; 59(3): 169-171
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1250653
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Triple Reinforcement of Bronchial Stump

S. K. Thingnam1 , P. N. Mohite1 , G. Raju1 , S. D. Ranade1 , R. Saklani1
  • 1Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Post Graduation Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
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Publication History

received August 11, 2010

Publication Date:
08 April 2011 (online)


Various methods are used to prevent bronchopleural fistula following anatomical lung resection, as bronchopleural fistula constitutes a life-threatening complication. Pleural flaps are less vascularized, whereas an intercostal muscle flap, although well vascularized, does not offer enough strength for repair. We describe here the use of pleural flaps to strengthen a bronchial closure and cover the defect. Subsequently, an intercostal muscle flap is buttressed over the bronchial stump.


Dr. Prashant N. Mohite, MCh

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