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Transthoracic Decompression of Emphysematous Bulla: A Novel Experience

Parthasarathi Bhattacharyya, S. Bardhan, S. Nag, S. Mukherjee, A. Verma

Keywords : COPD, Emphysema, Chronic bronchitis, Transthoracic decompression

Citation Information : Bhattacharyya P, Bardhan S, Nag S, Mukherjee S, Verma A. Transthoracic Decompression of Emphysematous Bulla: A Novel Experience. Indian J Chest Dis Allied Sci 2011; 53 (1):51-54.

DOI: 10.5005/ijcdas-53-1-51

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 10-06-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; The Author(s).


Emphysematous bullae are closed air containing spaces in lung parenchyma that may severely compromise lung function in patients of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We describe a simple and minimally invasive procedure to decompress a large emphysematous bullae in a patient with advanced COPD and high surgical risk. Transthoracic decompression of the bulla was accomplished under short-acting anaesthesia and muscle relaxation resulting in significant symptomatic, radiological and functional improvement.

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