Late Onset Dysphagia Secondary to Post-Pneumonectomy Syndrome, a Rare Complication


Department of Respiratory Medicine, Urmia University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, URMIA- IRAN.


Postpneumonectomy syndrome reflects extrinsic compression of the distal trachea and main stem bronchus due to shifting of the mediastinum and hyperinflation of the remaining lung. The syndrome is characterized by development of progressive dyspnea, cough, inspiratory stridor, and recurrent pneumonia in patients at least 6 months after surgery. We report a case of late onset dysphagia secondary to post-pneumonectomy syndrome, nine years after right pneumonectomy. It is a rare complication and there are only two similar reports in the literature. (Tanaffos 2008; 7(2): 71-74)