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Successful Late Removal of Endobronchial Coils

Hervé Dutau, MD; David Bourru, MS; Julien Guinde, MD; Sophie Laroumagne, MD; Gaëtan Deslée, MD, PhD; Philippe Astoul, MD, PhD
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aDepartment of Thoracic Oncology, Pleural Diseases, and Interventional Pulmonology, North University Hospital, Marseille, France

bDepartment of Respiratory Diseases, INSERM U903, University Hospital, Reims, France

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Hervé Dutau, MD, Department of Thoracic Oncology, Pleural Diseases, and Interventional Pulmonology, North University Hospital, Chemin des Bourrely, 13915 Marseille, Cedex 20, France


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;150(6):e143-e145. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.03.026
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Although endobronchial coils for the treatment of severe emphysema are associated with an acceptable safety profile, adverse events such as pneumothorax and thoracic pain may occur. The coils are indicated as a permanent implant and are deemed very difficult to remove. We describe the first successful removal of two coils 10 months after placement in a patient who experienced persistent thoracic pain. This case report highlights that very distal (subpleural) coil placement may induce pneumothorax and subsequent thoracic pain and that nonsurgical removal of coils up to 10 months after implantation is feasible.

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