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November 1970

Severe Bronchospasm Complicating Thoracotomy

Author Affiliations

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
From the departments of surgery of the Prince Henry Hospital and the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Arch Surg. 1970;101(5):555-557. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1970.01340290011003

Three cases of severe bronchospasm during thoracotomy are presented. The probability that bronchospasm is a common etiological factor in both massive collapse and hyperexpansion of the lung is discussed. Asthma and mitral stenosis appear to be important associations. Peribronchial infiltration with local anesthetic has been shown to be of considerable value in controlling the untoward effects of severe acute bronchospasm occurring during thoracotomy.