Assessment of emphysema in patients undergoing major lung resections

Majed Refai

Abstract

Despite the advances in surgical techniques and the perioperative care, prolonged air leak (PAL) after major lung resection is still a frequent and vexing postoperative complication that all thoracic surgeons face in their daily practice (1). PAL is a common complication that occur in 8% to 15% of all lung resections (2), that may increase hospital stay, increase the risk of empyema, cardiopulmonary complications (3) and as a consequence increase costs (4).