Pneumomediastinum after transbronchial cryobiopsy

https://doi.org/10.4081/monaldi.2018.909

Authors

  • Emanuela Barisione | emanuela.barisione@hsanmartino.it IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, University of Genoa, Pulmonology Division, Italy.
  • Rita Bianchi IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, University of Genoa, Pathology Division, Italy.
  • Roberto Fiocca IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, University of Genoa, Pathology Division, Italy.
  • Mario Salio IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, University of Genoa, Pulmonology Division, Italy.

Abstract

Pneumomediastinum is defined as the presence of air or gas within the mediastinum and it rarely complicates bronchoscopy. We report, to our best knowledge, the first case of pneumomediastinum following a transbronchial cryobiopsy (TBLC). TBLC is considered a safe procedure as compared with both transbronchial biopsy and surgical lung biopsy. Systematic reviews, metanalysis and a Pubmed research, revealed that in literature no pneumomediastinum has been mentioned after TBLC. We report this case for to make it known to interventional pulmonologists the possibility that a pneumomediastinum can follow a TBLC. In our case the spontaneous resolution in few days did not require any intervention.

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Published
2018-06-22
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Pneumology - Case Reports
Keywords:
Transbronchial cryobiopsy, interstitial lung disease, pneumomediastinum.
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Barisione, Emanuela, Rita Bianchi, Roberto Fiocca, and Mario Salio. 2018. “Pneumomediastinum After Transbronchial Cryobiopsy”. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease 88 (2). https://doi.org/10.4081/monaldi.2018.909.

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