The Bronchoscopy Unit of the Department of Pneumology of Bellvitge University Hospital has carried out in Spain for the first time a treatment involving the implantation of valves inside the bronchial tubes to treat a persistent pneumothorax with broncopleural fistula. So far, only a few dozen interventions have been carried out  worldwide.

The HUB uses a pioneering treatment to treat pneumothorax with persistent bronchopleural fistula

The disease involves the formation of an abnormal connection between an airway and lung cavity (broncopleural fistula), which causes the accumulation of air in the space surrounding the lungs (pneumothorax).

the Initial treatment of this condition is the drainage of accumulated air. When this treatment fails, there are several options for minor or major surgery. However, there are a number of patients in which the problem is not resolved even with surgery, or patients for whom surgery is not indicated. For all of them, until now there was no other hope.

The treatment of this condition with endobronchials valves began a year ago in the United States as a compassionate resource and has shown to provide excellent results. The Valves are implanted in the bronchi closest to the fistula through bronchoscopy. The valves prevent the circulation of air in one direction, and by not receiving air, the fistula closes and eventually heals. Once the fistula is completely closed, there is the possibility of withdrawing the valves.

Bellvitge University Hospital and the University Clinic of Navarra are the Spanish centers with more experience in the use of valves endobronchials because at the time they were pioneers to use them in the treatment of advanced emphysema.

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