Successful treatment of a giant emphysematous bulla by bronchoscopic placement of endobronchial valves

Chest. 2006 Nov;130(5):1563-5. doi: 10.1378/chest.130.5.1563.


Surgical bullectomy is the treatment of choice for giant emphysematous bulla. We report a case of successful nonsurgical treatment with bronchoscopic placement of one-way endobronchial valves that are currently under investigation for the treatment of end-stage emphysema. In patients who are poor surgical candidates, this noninvasive bronchoscopic treatment may represent a valuable alternative.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Blister / diagnostic imaging
  • Blister / pathology
  • Blister / therapy*
  • Bronchoscopy / methods*
  • Disease Progression
  • Endoscopy / methods
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prostheses and Implants
  • Prosthesis Implantation / methods*
  • Pulmonary Emphysema / diagnostic imaging
  • Pulmonary Emphysema / pathology
  • Pulmonary Emphysema / therapy*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed