Salvaging the dehisced lung transplant bronchial anastomosis with homograft aorta

David McGiffin, Keith M Wille, Keith Young, Kevin Leon

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This is a case of 50-year-old male who underwent left single lung transplantation for pulmonary fibrosis. He sustained a bronchial dehiscence with a pulmonary artery-bronchial fistula which was primarily repaired. One week later, there was complete bronchial dehiscence followed by a massive hemoptysis. At operation, following resection of necrotic donor bronchus there was a sizeable gap between donor and recipient bronchus, which was bridged with a cryopreserved aortic homograft. The homograft patch provided a satisfactory repair without malacia. The patient required retransplantation six months later for reasons unassociated with the repair. Homograft aorta proved useful material for salvaging the dehisced lung transplant bronchial anastomosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)666-668
Number of pages3
JournalInteractive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Lung transplantation
  • Pulmonary artery-bronchial fistula

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