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Management of Obstructing Pulmonary Broncholithiasis With Three-Dimensional Imaging and Holmium Laser Lithotripsy*

J. Scott Ferguson, MD, FCCP; Jonathan M. Rippentrop, MD; Bernard Fallon, MD; Alan F. Ross, MD; Geoffrey McLennan, MD, PhD
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*From the Departments of Internal Medicine (Drs. Ferguson and McLennan), Urology (Drs. Rippentrop and Fallon), and Anesthesia (Dr. Ross), University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Correspondence to: J. Scott Ferguson, MD, FCCP, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine, 200 Hawkins Dr, C-33 GH, Iowa City, IA 52242-1089; e-mail: john-s-ferguson@uiowa.edu



Chest. 2006;130(3):909-912. doi:10.1378/chest.130.3.909
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Major airway obstruction due to broncholithiasis produces significant morbidity, and management is difficult. Many of the patients are elderly and are not good candidates for surgical removal. Bronchoscopic removal may be limited due to anatomic considerations, skill of the bronchoscopist, and exposure of the patient to additional procedural risks. Preprocedural planning with three-dimensional (3D) multidetector CT (MDCT) imaging enhances the bronchoscopist’s knowledge of the relationships of the target lesions with critical structures, and improves the efficiency of the application of specific endobronchial therapies. Here we report our experience treating obstructing broncholithiasis in two patients utilizing pretreatment planning with 3D MDCT imaging, followed by bronchoscopically delivered holmium laser fragmentation of the stones.

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