July 1973

Silicone Elastomer Plombage for Severe Hemoptysis

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich
From the Department of Surgery, Section of Thoracic Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, and Wayne County General Hospital, Eloise, Mich.

Arch Surg. 1973;107(1):101-103. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350190083024

A 58-year-old man suffered massive, life-threatening hemoptysis secondary to cavitary tuberculosis. Silicone elastomer augmentation mammoplasty prostheses were inserted for cavitary collapse and as an urgent measure to control hemoptysis, with use of the well-known technique of extracostal subperiosteal plombage. Hemoptysis was controlled, and a 12-month follow-up indicates excellent stability of the plombage without recurrence of the hemoptysis and no evidence of infection.