Traumatic left main bronchial rupture: delayed but successful outcome of robotic-assisted reconstruction

Hu-Lin C Wang, Cheng-Hung How, Heng-Fu Lin, Jang-Ming Lee
Respirology Case Reports 2018, 6 (1): e00278
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Tracheobronchial injuries are rare but life-threatening conditions in patients with blunt thoracic trauma. The diagnosis and management of such injury may often be delayed due to other concomitant severe injuries. No reported case of a robotic-assisted bronchial reconstruction has ever been performed for a traumatic bronchial injury. A 23-year-old male suffered from traumatic left main bronchial (LMB) rupture with an initial presentation of pneumothorax and pneumomediastinum that eventually progressed to left main bronchus fibrosis and total obstruction, which led to left lung atelectasis and consolidation. Minimally invasive robotic-assisted sleeve surgery, 33 days after the initial trauma, successfully reconstructed the left main bronchus with satisfactory morphological and functional results. Recognition of a bronchial injury and precise localization of the lesion is mandated to ensure a prompt and adequate salvage surgical procedure in order to help patients recover from this critical condition.

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