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Revista Portuguesa de Pneumologia

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FERREIRA, Daniela et al. Bronchial fracture: Bronchoscopy management with bronchial stent and balloon bronchoplasty. Rev Port Pneumol [online]. 2008, vol.14, n.3, pp.409-414. ISSN 0873-2159.

Bronchial fracture is a rare, life -threatening injury usually associated with blunt chest trauma. It represents a great task in diagnosis, as its manifestations are various and nonspecific. Bronchoscopy has a primordial role to diagnose and, in selective cases, to treat bronchial fractures. The authors present the case report of a patient with a thoracic trauma after an accident in the workplace. The bronchoscopy revealed a fracture of the left main bronchus. Conservative treatment was performed with endobronchial stenting and balloon dilatation. In conclusion, a review of the literature on bronchial fracture and the role of bronchoscopy is presented.

Keywords : Bronchial fracture; trauma; bronchoscopy; endobronchial stent; balloon bronchoplasty.

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