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Title: Bronchoplasty for bronchial stenosis in a neonate: a case report.
Authors: Prabhakaran, K. 
Patankar, J.Z.
Issue Date: Apr-2004
Citation: Prabhakaran, K., Patankar, J.Z. (2004-04). Bronchoplasty for bronchial stenosis in a neonate: a case report.. Journal of pediatric surgery 39 (4) : e6-8. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Bronchial stenosis is an uncommon problem in children. Management can be difficult because of the small luminal diameter and proximity of the lung parenchyma to the bronchial lesion. Bronchoplasty procedures have obvious advantages in children because of their long life expectancy. Long-term functional results are superior compared with pneumonectomy because of preserved lung tissue. A premature neonate weighing only 779 g at birth was born with severe respiratory distress syndrome complicated with hyperbillirubinemia and bronchopulmonary dysplasia. The child underwent bronchoplasty using a costal cartilage graft for a right main bronchus stenosis after 2 failed attempts at bronchoscopic dilatations. In spite of all complications, the child improved sufficiently to be discharged without any oxygen dependency. Our case highlights the successful application of bronchoplasty in a very small baby. Preoperative and intraoperative bronchoscopy was helpful in localization of the endobronchial lesion. Understanding the principle, precise attention to technical detail and meticulous postoperative care contribute toward long-term benefit for pulmonary conservation.
Source Title: Journal of pediatric surgery
ISSN: 15315037
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