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Rigid bronchoscopy and jet ventilation in an extremely low birthweight infant. J Formos Med Assoc 1996 Dec;95(12):937-9



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Until recently, rigid bronchoscopy was considered too risky for premature infants. We report a 658 g infant with life-threatening mediastinal shift due to right pulmonary atelectasis. Rigid bronchoscopy revealed tenacious mucous plugs in the right main bronchus. The collapsed lung was successfully reinflated after bronchial lavage with a rigid bronchoscope, with the help of intermittent high-frequency jet ventilation (HFJV). The infant's mediastinal shift was reversed and the vital signs became stable. In our experience, rigid bronchoscopy combined with HFJV is a valuable diagnostic and therapeutic procedure for very small premature infants.

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Fan PC, Teng RJ, Chen JC, Huang CH, Tsou Yau KI


Ru-Jeng Teng MD Associate Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Bronchoalveolar Lavage
High-Frequency Jet Ventilation
Infant, Low Birth Weight
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature
Mediastinal Diseases
Pulmonary Atelectasis
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