Resection of pulmonary blebs and pleurodesis for spontaneous pneumothorax

Chest. 1993 Dec;104(6):1767-9. doi: 10.1378/chest.104.6.1767.


Over a 20-year period, 83 patients underwent operative pleurodesis with resection of pulmonary blebs for spontaneous pneumothorax. Follow-up for all patients was between 5 and 25 years, with a mean of 9.1 years. There were five early (5.6 percent) and three late recurrences (3.6 percent). There were no deaths or need for blood transfusion in our series. There was a low incidence of postoperative fever (n = 8), minor wound infection (n = 6), air leak (n = 6), or pneumonia (n = 2). The low morbidity and recurrence rates compare favorably with published series of alternative treatment options for spontaneous pneumothorax.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pleura
  • Pneumothorax / surgery
  • Pneumothorax / therapy*
  • Recurrence
  • Tetracycline / administration & dosage


  • Tetracycline