Fabien Maldonado
Last active: 2/1/2016

Pulmonary Abscess as a Complication of Transbronchial Lung Cryobiopsy.

Skalski JH, Kern RM, Midthun DE, Edell ES, Maldonado F
J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2016 23 (1): 63-6

PMID: 26705015 · DOI:10.1097/LBR.0000000000000182

We present the case of a 49-year-old man who developed pulmonary abscess as a complication of transbronchial lung cryobiopsy. He had been receiving prednisone therapy, but otherwise had no specific risk factors for lung abscess. Cryobiopsy is a novel technique for obtaining peripheral lung parenchymal tissue for the evaluation of diffuse parenchymal lung diseases. Cryobiopsy is being increasingly proposed as an alternative to surgical lung biopsy or conventional bronchoscopic transbronchial forceps biopsy, but the safety profile of the procedure has not been fully appreciated. Pulmonary abscess has been rarely reported as a complication of other bronchoscopic procedures such as endobronchial ultrasound-guided needle biopsy, however, to our knowledge this is the first reported case of pulmonary abscess complicating peripheral lung cryobiopsy.

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Anti-Bacterial Agents Biopsy Bronchoscopy Humans Levofloxacin Lung Lung Abscess Lung Diseases Male Metronidazole Middle Aged Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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