Thorac cardiovasc Surg
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1603622
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Management of Persistent Air Leaks with Intrabronchial Valves

Matthias Hecker1, *, Andreas Hecker2, *, Konstantin Mayer1, Biruta Witte2
  • 1Medical Clinic II (Pulmonology/Critical Care Medicine), University Hospital of Giessen, Giessen, Germany
  • 2Department of General and Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital of Giessen, Giessen, Germany
  • *Both authors contributed equally to this work.
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04 February 2017

29 April 2017

Publication Date:
05 June 2017 (eFirst)


Persistent air leaks (PALs) are regarded as a frequent complication after thoracic surgery resulting in prolonged hospitalization and increased morbidity. Several more or less invasive therapeutic approaches are available for treatment of PAL with varying degrees of success. The endoscopic placement of one-way intrabronchial valves in the segment(s) in which the air leak has been located offers a highly effective and well-tolerated minimal invasive option for patients with PAL.