Tuberc Respir Dis > Volume 72(2); 2012 > Article
Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases 2012;72(2):212-217.
DOI:    Published online February 1, 2012.
Massive Hemoptysis Cases Intubated with the Univent(R) Bronchial Blocker for Lung Protection.
Jae Young Moon, Young Seok Lee, Jiwon Lyu, Jin Won Huh, Sang Bum Hong, Sang We Kim, Chae Man Lim, YounSuck Koh
1Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Oncology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Massive hemoptysis is a life-threatening condition and sometimes leads to death due to airway obstruction rather than exsanguinations. In a critical hemoptysis, endotracheal intubation may be necessary to maintain adequate gas exchange and protect the unaffected side of the lung. Bronchial blockers (BBs), commonly used technique for one-lung ventilation in thoracic or cardiac surgeries, are valuable devices for protecting the airway in massive endobronchial bleeding. We report three cases intubated with BBs, Univent(R), in massive hemoptysis. We suggest that BBs are one of the indispensable equipments for respiratory specialized wards and intensive care units.
Key Words: Hemoptysis, Intubation, Airway management, instrumentation
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