ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Güler Karaağaç, Yalçın Karakoca, *Nesrin Sarıman, **Selçuk Şimşek, **Sevinay Karakoca, ***Tülay Yıldız, ****Erdem Yıldız
Maltepe Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Göğüs Hastalıkları ve Terapötik Bronkoskopi Ana Bilim Dalı, İstanbul
*PTT Hastanesi, Göğüs Hastalıkları Kliniği, İstanbul
**Maltepe Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Anesteziyoloji Ana Bilim Dalı, İstanbul
***Kocaeli Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Anesteziyoloji Ana Bilim Dalı, Kocaeli
****Maltepe Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Radyoloji Ana Bilim Dalı, İstanbul
Endobronchial laser therapy is generally safe and well tolerated. Fifty year-old male patient was referred to our clinic because of severe dyspnea and massive hemoptysis related to endobronchial thymoma three years ago. Rigid bronchoscopy was performed under general anesthesia, Nd-YAG laser resection and silicone stent insertion were applied to an endobronchial tumoral mass that was found in his bronchoscopy as almost completely obliterating the left main bronchus. In the next two years the same procedure was repeated six times to prevent distal tracheal obliteration with endoluminal tumoral mass. Although the left lung has been totally collapsed at the and of the second year the patient is still alive. Endoscopic laser resection of lung malignancies is rapid, effective, repeatable, and complementary to other treatments.
Keywords : Laser resection, therapeutic bronchoscopy, endobronchial thymoma, trachea
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