Lung collapse secondary to mucus plug in a gynecologic patient after reconstructive pelvic surgery

George Lazarou, Stephen Slavin, Nuan Cui, Kaitlyn Mitchell

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Abstract

This is the case of a 45-year-old woman with a history of asthma and smoking who developed complete left lung and right upper lobe collapse secondary to mucus plugs that developed immediately postoperatively after an uncomplicated reconstructive pelvic surgery. This rare intraoperative complication was successfully treated in the recovery room with bedside fiber-optic bronchoscopy. This resulted in complete resolution of her pulmonary findings within 24 hours of bronchoscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-112
Number of pages2
JournalFemale Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Atelectasis
  • Lung collapse
  • Mucus plug
  • Pelvic reconstructive surgery
  • Postoperative pulmonary complications
  • Smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Urology

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