A case of bronchopulmonary sequestration with a relatively good prognosis after fetal thoracoamniotic shunting

Reina Komatsu, Masahiko Nakata, Masahiro Sumie, Kei Hayata, Madoka Sekino, Tomomi Okada, Makoto Ishida, Jun Noma, Nobutaka Yoshida, Takashi Akiyama

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The prognosis of bronchopulmonary sequestration (BPS) complicated by hydrothorax, fetal hydrops, or pulmonary hypoplasia is generally considered poor. Prenatal thoracocentesis and thoracoamniotic shunting of massive hydrothorax are indicated to decrease perinatal morbidity. This report presents a case of BPS with a relatively good prognosis after thoracoamniotic shunting. A 34-yearold multigravida was referred to the hospital at 28 weeks and 6 days gestation for hydrothorax. Ultrasonography and MRI demonstrated a huge mass in the left thorax complicated by mediastinal shift to the right and large left pleural effusion. A combination including color Doppler ultrasound visualized a vessel arising from the descening aorta to the mass. These findings indicated extralobar BPS. Thoracocentesis was carried out during her first referral, when 32 mL of serous yellowish pleural effusion was removed. However, the pleural effusion reaccumulated on the following day and thoracoamniotic shunting was performed. A doublebasket catheter(16 G, Hakko Medical Products, Japan) was placed percutaneously under ultrasound guidance. The pleural effusion disappeared after shunting, and the bilateral lungs expanded. A female baby weighing 3110 g was successfully delivered with an Apgar score of 9(1')/9(5'). The patient was transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The pleural effusion reaccumulated postnatally, and the patient required continuous drainage. Tumor resection was performed on the 7 th postnatal day. A histopathologic examination revealed BPS. The patient was discharged on the 17 th day and was doing well at 3 months of age. Thoracoamniotic shunting is considered to be an effective therapeutic option in cases of BPS complicated by hydrothorax.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-487
Number of pages7
Journalchoonpa igaku
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • bronchopulmonary sequestration
  • fetal therapy
  • hydrothorax
  • prenatal
  • thoracoamniotic shunting
  • ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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