Successful treatment of a compromised patient with intractable pneumothorax using a semiflexible thoracofiberscope under local anesthesia: A case report

Tomofumi Yohena, Ichiro Yoshino, Atsushi Osoegawa, Motoharu Hamatake, Yoshihiko Maehara

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We herein present the case of a 69-year-old male with intractable pneumothorax, which occurred after gastrectomy, who could not tolerate general anesthesia because of a poor cardiopulmonary reserve and renal and hepatic insufficiency. We performed a ligation of perforated bulla using a semiflexible thoracofiberscope under an intercostal nerve block and subcutaneous anesthesia. The postoperative course was uneventful. The chest tube was removed the next day, and he was transferred to the department of medicine on the 2nd postoperative day.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-444
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Gastroenterology

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