Endoscopic management of obstruction due to an acquired bronchial web
KL Kovitz | MB Foroozesh | JM Goyos | ER Rubio
webs are thin, membrane-like diaphragms that may obstruct
the airway. Several congenital cases have been reported.
Though rare, the true incidence of these lesions is
probably underestimated because many of them are unrecognized.
The case of a 71-year-old woman with an acquired bronchial
web causing right main stem bronchus obstruction that
went unrecognized for 47 years post-trauma is reported.
The lesion was successfully treated using rigid bronchoscopy
with laser therapy, balloon dilation and stent placement.
This is the first reported case of an acquired bronchial
web formation. It is also the first reported case that
was successfully treated with this technique.