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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2005 Ottobre;46(5):473-5

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Penetration to the aortic wall by a metallic airway stent. A successfully treated case with left pneumonectomy and aortic repair

Shiraishi T. 1, Shirakusa T. 1, Ninomiya H. 1,2, Hiratsuka M. 1, Yamamoto S. 1, Iwasaki A. 1, Tashiro T. 3

1 Department of Surgery II Fukuoka University School of Medicine, Fukuoka, Japan
2 Department of Surgery II Miyazaki Medical School, Miyzaki, Japan
3 Department of Cardiovascular Surgery Fukuoka University School of Medicine Fukuoka, Japan


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Metallic airway stents were used widely at the beginning of airway stent use, but an accumulation of cases has revealed complications due to their use. A patient who received a Gianturco Z stent for bronchial tuberculosis suffered massive haemoptysis due to stent migration into the aortic wall. Left pneumonectomy with aortic repair was successfully performed. We suggest that metallic stents should not be used for benign airway palliation, as they may later cause life-threatening complications.

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