Getting the wind knocked out of him – Report of a broncho-cutaneous fistula caused by staphylococcal pneumonia, and review of literature
A broncho-cutaneous fistula (BCF) refers to the formation of an abnormal fistulous connection between the tracheobronchial tree and the cutaneous surface of skin. A rare occurrence in and of itself, the disease entity may have varied etiologies, and may or may not be associated with a broncho-pleural fistula. We describe a case of a young patient who developed a BCF as a complication of a necrotizing pneumonic process, and his subsequent clinical course. In so doing, we review the clinical features of this peculiar disease entity, analyzing the available medical literature similarities in etiology and variations in management strategies described in the literature thus far.
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