Pneumoperitoneum to treat air leaks and spaces after a lung volume reduction operation.

@article{Handy1997PneumoperitoneumTT,
  title={Pneumoperitoneum to treat air leaks and spaces after a lung volume reduction operation.},
  author={John R Handy and Marc A Judson and James L. Zellner},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={1997},
  volume={64 6},
  pages={1803-5}
}
Lung volume reduction surgery is an option for the management of end-stage emphysema. The most frequent surgical complication of lung volume reduction is prolonged air leaks. We describe a patient undergoing a lung volume reduction operation complicated by persistent bilateral air spaces with large air leaks. Treatment with recurrent pneumoperitoneum via a peritoneal dialysis catheter along with chemical sclerosis successfully resolved both problems.