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Successful Treatment of a Giant Emphysematous Bulla by Bronchoscopic Placement of Endobronchial Valves*

Marc Noppen, MD, PhD, FCCP; Jean-Claude Tellings, MD; Tom Dekeukeleire, MD; Bjorn Dieriks, MD; Shane Hanon, MD; Jan D’Haese, MD; Marc Meysman, MD, FCCP; Walter Vincken, MD, PhD, FCCP
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*From the Interventional Endoscopy Clinic (Drs. Noppen, Dekeukeleire, Dieriks, Hanon, Meysman, and Vincken) and Anaesthesiology Department (Dr. D’Haese), University Hospital AZ-VUB, Brussels; and Respiratory Division (Dr. Tellings), Clinique St. Elisabeth, Heusy, Belgium.

Correspondence to: Marc Noppen, MD, PhD, FCCP, Head, Interventional Endoscopy Clinic, University Hospital AZ-VUB, 101, Laarbeeklaan, B 1090 Brussels, Belgium; e-mail: marc.noppen@az.vub.ac.be



Chest. 2006;130(5):1563-1565. doi:10.1378/chest.130.5.1563
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Surgical bullectomy is the treatment of choice for giant emphysematous bulla. We report a case of successful nonsurgical treatment with bronchoscopic placement of one-way endobronchial valves that are currently under investigation for the treatment of end-stage emphysema. In patients who are poor surgical candidates, this noninvasive bronchoscopic treatment may represent a valuable alternative.

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