The autologous pleural buttressing of staple lines in surgery for bullous lung disease.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE Prolonged air leak remains as one of the most common complications after surgery for bullous lung disease. Reinforcement of the staple line with either prosthetic material or bovine pericardial strips has been advocated to avoid this problem. We used the patients' own parietal pleural layer to cover the staple lines to prevent air leak and… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejcts.2010.05.008

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