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CICM 2021 VIRTUAL ASM | RESPIRATORY
CICM 2021 ASM: Respiratory
CICM 2021 VIRTUAL ASM | RESPIRATORY
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Bronchopleural fistula

Presentation Description
A bronchopleural fistula is an unnatural communication between the bronchial tree (at the level of the main stem, lobar or segmental bronchus) and pleural space as evidenced by continued and persistent air leak into the pleural cavity. It is a source of significant morbidity and mortality and can be difficult to manage/treat.  

In this rapid fire up-date we will briefly look at potential aetiologies and the diagnostic evaluation of bronchopleural fistula but spend most time reviewing management strategies. We will evaluate escalating management options for bronchopleural fistulas from chest drains to pneumonectomy and everything in between with particular attention to potential bronchscopic interventions such as occlusive devices and endobronchial stents. 

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