Pulmonary resection in bullous disease.

  title={Pulmonary resection in bullous disease.},
  author={Vincent Lopez-Majano and Richard F. Kieffer and David Marine and Daniel Alonso Garc{\'i}a and Henry N. Wagner},
  journal={The American review of respiratory disease},
  volume={99 4},
Of 179 patients with bullous disease, 18 underwent 22 thoracotomies in order to decrease physiologic dead space, improve ventilation, and correct imbalances between ventilation and perfusion. Except for one patient in whom pneumonectomy was performed, bullae were excised in all cases. Surgery also included three lobectomies and one vagotomy. Of the 18 patients, 15 had other pulmonary disease complicating bullous disease; the most frequent were obstructive emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The… CONTINUE READING