Intraoperative techniques to prevent air leaks.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Persistent air leaks prolong chest tube duration and hospital stay after lung surgery. Air leaks also may lead to life-threatening empyemas. Preventing postoperative air leaks and BPFs is the best treatment for air-leak complications. Meticulous closure of parenchymal, pleural, and bronchial defects is the mainstay of air-leak control. The reinforcement of parenchymal suture and staple lines, pleural apposition, and well-vascularized tissue-flap coverage of bronchial suture and staple lines further reduce the incidence of prolonged air leaks and BPFs.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Toloza, EM; Harpole, DH

Published Date

  • August 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 489 - 505

PubMed ID

  • 12469483

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1052-3359

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s1052-3359(02)00020-0


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States