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Endobronchial Valve Placement for Spontaneous Pneumothorax From Stage IIIA Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Facilitates Neoadjuvant Therapy

Authors
Journal
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
0003-4975
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
96
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.04.119
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Spontaneous pneumothorax has previously been described as a presenting symptom of lung cancer. This presentation can, unfortunately, complicate and delay further definitive oncologic care until the pneumothorax can be effectively managed. We describe the case of a 58-year-old man who presented with secondary spontaneous pneumothorax and persistent air leak related to his primary lung carcinoma. Endobronchial valve placement allowed for the avoidance of pleurodesis, timely discharge, and neoadjuvant chemotherapy, followed by definitive surgical resection.

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