Aerosol ventilation scintigraphy in the evaluation of bronchopleural fistula: a case report and literature review

Can J Surg. 1991 Oct;34(5):465-7.


Radioaerosol scanning is simple to perform and is widely used in conjunction with perfusion imaging to detect pulmonary emboli. It may also be a valuable tool for the early diagnosis of postpneumonectomy bronchopleural fistula. The authors present an illustrative case in which radioactive aerosol imaging was used to confirm a bronchopleural fistula secondary to pneumonectomy for squamous cell carcinoma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Inhalation
  • Bronchial Fistula / diagnostic imaging*
  • Bronchial Fistula / etiology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / surgery
  • Fistula / diagnostic imaging*
  • Fistula / etiology
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pleural Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pleural Diseases / etiology
  • Pneumonectomy / adverse effects
  • Radionuclide Imaging