We report the usefulness of a median approach to the right upper lobe lung cancer with impaired pulmonary function. Patient was a 68-year-old man with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and primary right upper lobe (S1) lung cancer with suspected anterior mediastinal invasion (cT4N0M0). Thoracoscopy excluded mediastinal invasion, but a median sternal incision was made to avoid injuring respiratory muscles and postoperative respiratory complications. We successfully performed systematic mediastinal lymph node dissection (ND2a) after right upper lobectomy. The patient was discharged on the 10th postoperative day without any events. He eventually underwent additional chemotherapy because of the liver metastasis confirmed at 8 months after the operation. In right upper lobe lung cancer patients with impaired pulmonary function, a median approach seems useful for intraoperative respiratory management and the sparing of respiratory muscles which will reduce the possibility of postoperative respiratory complications.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Kyobu geka. The Japanese journal of thoracic surgery|
|Publication status||Published - 2008 Dec|
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