Successful use of an EZ-blocker for lung isolation and management in a hemoptysis patient

Joo Hyung Son, Do Hyung Kim, Sung Kwang Lee


When massive hemoptysis develops suddenly, patients typically die due to hypovolemia or airway obstruction. Intubation, endobronchial blocking, and elimination of blood clots are urgently required. However, existing double-lumen tubes and single endobronchial balloon systems are inadequate. We herein report successful EZ-blocker-mediated one-lung ventilation of a patient with a massive hemoptysis who required emergency life-saving surgery.