Will bubbling decrease the muddling?—a promising technique to detect air leak intra-operatively

Suha Kaaki, Christopher Pysyk, Sebastien Gilbert


Air leak is a common complication post lung resection. It delays chest tube removal and increases the length of hospital stay. Recognizing air leak intra-operatively and implementing measures to repair it might lead to decreased hospital stays and decreased costs. During video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), we presently have a limited ability to detect air leaks intraoperatively.