Microvascular free muscle flaps for chronic empyema with bronchopleural fistula when the major local muscles have been divided--one-stage operation with primary wound closure.

@article{Chen1990MicrovascularFM,
  title={Microvascular free muscle flaps for chronic empyema with bronchopleural fistula when the major local muscles have been divided--one-stage operation with primary wound closure.},
  author={H. C. Chen and Yueh-bih Tang and M. Samuel Noordhoff and C. H. J. Chang},
  journal={Annals of plastic surgery},
  year={1990},
  volume={24 6},
  pages={510-6}
}
It should be emphasized that most cases of chest empyema can be successfully treated with conventional thoracic surgery procedures. For chronic empyema with a bronchopleural fistula complicated by previous division of major local muscles following repeated thoracotomies, free muscle flaps are employed. Five such cases treated with this method resulted in successful closure of the airway fistula, as well as complete obliteration of the empyema cavity in a single operation. This method is very… CONTINUE READING