Rescue therapy using an endobronchial valve and digital air leak monitoring in Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis

Respir Med Case Rep. 2014 Dec 16;14:27-9. doi: 10.1016/j.rmcr.2014.12.001. eCollection 2015.


In this case report, we describe the utilisation of two recently developed technologies for the successful management of a persistent air leak (PAL) in a critically ill patient in whom cardiothoracic surgical intervention was not possible. We report the case of a young leukaemic woman with a PAL complicating Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis (IPA), who was effectively managed using an Endobronchial Valve, supplemented by objective, digital air leak data provided by a Thopaz(®) device (Medela, Switzerland).

Keywords: Aspergillosis; Bronchoscopy; Critical care; Immunosuppression; Pneumothorax; Pulmonary fungal infections.

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  • Case Reports