The use of bronchotomy and retrograde dilatation to repair acquired obliterative bronchial obstruction

R. N.S. Chua, W. A. Engle, J. W. Brown, M. C. Yoder

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A case is presented of acquired obliterative mainstem bronchial obstruction with total ipsilateral lung atelectasis and contralateral lung hyperexpansion. The condition failed to improve after a suitable trial of positive airway pressure and medical management. Penetration of the obstructing lesion bia bronchotomy and a distal retrograde approach successfully opened the airway and the patient has been symptom-free for more than 9 months. This unique approach may be useful in other selected patients with similar acquired lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-100
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of pediatric surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1992



  • Acquired distal bronchial obstruction
  • bronchotomy, retrograde dilatation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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