Stemming the Leak: A Novel Treatment for Gastro‑Bronchial Fistula

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Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is a commonly used procedure in bariatric patients that often has excellent results. Despite its advantages, LSG is burdened by specific intraoperative and postoperative early and late complications. One of the life-threatening complications is gastric fistula, usually treated with a multidisciplinary surgical–endoscopic approach. In case of failure of the latter, alternative nonoperative techniques such as the use of autologous stem cells truly represents an innovative possibility, with only few cases described in literature. Here, we report the case of a 25-year-old man with post-LSG broncho-gastric fistula treated with application of autologous stem cells after the failure of the conventional surgical/endoscopic approach.


F. M. Mongardini, C. Cacciatore, A. Catauro, F. Maglione, F. Picardi, A. Lauro, C. Gambardella, A. Allaria, L. Docimo.


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