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Cryorecanalization of an Obstructed Bronchial Stent in a 12-Year-Old Boy.
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PMID:  21212642     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
We report a 12-year-old boy who underwent stent implantation into the left main bronchus at the age of 9.5 years for palliation of severe bronchial stenosis. He had developed complete obstruction of the stent by granulation tissue resulting in respiratory deterioration and the requirement of mechanical ventilation. The stent obstruction was treated at the age of 11.5 years by cryorecanalization. In this technique, cooling of the tip of the cryoprobe is used to induce adherence of the obstructing tissue allowing the subsequent removal of tissue particles by retraction of the probe. Under general anesthesia, a miniaturized cryoprobe was advanced via the working channel of a flexible bronchoscope. Repeat maneuvers of freezing and retraction resulted in complete recanalization of the stent. Repeat bronchoscopies 4 and 12 weeks later revealed recurrent formation of some granulation tissue which was removed by repeat cryorecanalization. Seven months after the initial procedure there was a complete patency of the stent. According to our experience, cryorecanalization is a safe and effective alternative for the treatment of stent obstruction by granulation tissue. Due to the introduction of a miniaturized probe, this method is well applicable in children since it can be performed via the working channel of a flexible pediatric bronchoscope.
J Hetzel; M Kumpf; M Hetzel; M Hofbeck; W Baden
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-1-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiration; international review of thoracic diseases     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1423-0356     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
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Created Date:  2011-1-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0137356     Medline TA:  Respiration     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Internal Medicine, Children's Hospital, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany.
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