J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2005;129:449-450
© 2005 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery
Foreign-body excretion through the bronchial stump after extrapleural pneumonectomy
Kenichi Okubo, MD*,
Yasunori Kurahashi, MD
General Thoracic Surgery, Gifu National Hospital, Gifu, Japan
Received for publication April 11, 2004; revisions received May 7, 2004; accepted for publication May 24, 2004.
* Address for reprints: Kenichi Okubo, MD, General Thoracic Surgery, Gifu National Hospital, 5-1-1 Hinohigashi, Gifu 500-8718, Japan (E-mail: email@example.com).
|The first 20% of the full text of this article appears below.|
Foreign-body excretion is a bioresponse of the human body. Bronchial foreign bodies commonly occur through aspiration or inhalation. We present a rare case of the excretion of a foreign body through the bronchial stump 19 months after pneumonectomy.
A 52-year-old man had a high fever and chest discomfort. He underwent a left extrapleural pneumonectomy for malignant pleural mesothelioma 19 months earlier. He received postoperative chemotherapy, which consisted of 4 cycles of cisplatin, doxorubicin, and cyclophosphamide, and sequential radiation therapy for the entire hemithorax of 56 Gy in total.1,2 Blood count showed luekocytosis, and chemistry showed an increased C-reactive protein level. Chest radiography showed no abnormal lesions except for left-side opacity after pneumonectomy. Computed tomography of the chest and the abdomen showed . . . [Full Text of this Article]
Copyright © 2005 by The American Association for Thoracic Surgery.