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Successful Use of Argon Plasma Coagulation and Tranilast To Treat Granulation Tissue Obstructing the Airway After Tracheal Anastomosis*

Masaaki Sato, MD; Yasuji Terada, MD, FCCP; Tatsuo Nakagawa, MD; Mio Li, MD; Hiromi Wada, MD, PhD
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*From the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Kyoto University Hospital, Kyoto, Japan.

Correspondence to: Masaaki Sato, MD, FCCP, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Kyoto University Hospital, Kawahara-cho 54, Shogoin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8507, Japan; e-mail: satoooo@kuhp.kyoto-u.ac.jp



Chest. 2000;118(6):1829-1831. doi:10.1378/chest.118.6.1829
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We successfully used argon plasma coagulation (APC) and tranilast to treat granulation tissue that had formed on an end-to-end tracheal anastomosis. APC had several advantages over laser in the management of exuberant granulation tissue, and we considered tranilast to be effective in our patient. To our knowledge, this is the first description of the use of APC in the management of anastomotic granulation tissue in the trachea or bronchus.

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