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Repair of large airway defects with bioprosthetic materials

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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Source Name: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery


Brooks V. Udelsman, Jessica Eaton, Ashok Muniappan, Christopher R. Morse, Cameron D. Wright and Douglas J. Mathisen

This retrospective single institution report examined outcomes of repair of large airway defects with bioprothetic materials.  8 patients underwent repair with aortic homograft or acellular dermal matrix, 5 of whom suffered from airway-enteric fistulae.   Most repairs were buttressed with muscle or omentum.   All airways healed; 2 required debridement of granulation tissue and 1 required dilation.

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