SESSION TITLE: Disorders of the Pleura
SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster
PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
PURPOSE: Bronchopleural fistula is a common clinical problem encountered by pulmonologists and CV surgeons. Majority of bronchopleural fistula close by themselves within few days with properly placed tube thoracostomy and suction .Some patient can have persistent leak leading to prolonged hospitization. Surgical options, such as lung stapling, use of fibrin glue administered bronchoscopically and endobronchial valves are sometimes needed to help some of these patient with varying results. Surgical options are expensive and can have significant morbidity and even mortality. We propose using concepts proven to be efficacious in wound healing, can be applied in managing these difficult patients. Nutritional supplements that have been found to be useful in wound healing including juven (an arginine-based amnio acid), vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc gluconate, and folic acid can also be applied in managing these patients.