Does hyperbaric oxygen therapy prevent airway anastomosis from breakdown?

Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Feb;99(2):682-5. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.03.055.


Ischemia with subsequent necrosis of anastomoses, after central airway resection and reconstruction, remains a feared complication for thoracic surgeons and their patients. To date, there is no evidence to support the use of hyperbaric oxygen in the prevention of necrosis of airway reconstructions in humans. We present a patient who underwent central airway surgery with postoperative ischemia of an end-to-side anastomosis. Repeat visit to a hyperbaric oxygen chamber seemed to prevent the anastomosis from subsequent necrosis and dehiscence with complete healing as a result. In conclusion, hyperbaric oxygen treatment can be considered when ischemia or necrosis is observed in central airway anastomoses during postoperative bronchoscopic surveillance.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anastomosis, Surgical
  • Bronchi / blood supply*
  • Bronchi / surgery*
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Hyperbaric Oxygenation*
  • Ischemia / prevention & control*
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pneumonectomy*
  • Postoperative Complications / prevention & control*
  • Trachea / blood supply*
  • Trachea / surgery*