Salvaging the dehisced lung transplant bronchial anastomosis with homograft aorta

Academic Article


  • This is a case of 50-year-old male who underwent left single lung transplantation for pulmonary fibrosis. He sustained a bronchial dehiscence with a pulmonary artery-bronchial fistula which was primarily repaired. One week later, there was complete bronchial dehiscence followed by a massive hemoptysis. At operation, following resection of necrotic donor bronchus there was a sizeable gap between donor and recipient bronchus, which was bridged with a cryopreserved aortic homograft. The homograft patch provided a satisfactory repair without malacia. The patient required retransplantation six months later for reasons unassociated with the repair. Homograft aorta proved useful material for salvaging the dehisced lung transplant bronchial anastomosis. © 2011 Published by European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. All rights reserved.
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    Author List

  • McGiffin D; Wille K; Young K; Leon K
  • Start Page

  • 666
  • End Page

  • 668
  • Volume

  • 13
  • Issue

  • 6