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      Major pulmonary resections: pneumonectomies and lobectomies.

      The Annals of thoracic surgery

      Treatment Outcome, Female, Humans, Lung Diseases, surgery, Lung Neoplasms, Lymph Node Excision, methods, Male, Middle Aged, Pneumonectomy, Surgical Staplers, Television, Thoracoscopy

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          We report on our experience in 20 patients who underwent major thoracoscopic pulmonary resections between October 1991 and November 1992. These consist of 2 left pneumonectomies, 17 lobectomies, and 1 segmentectomy. The indications were strictly limited to benign pulmonary diseases and stage I (TNM) primary lung cancer. A hilar lymphadenectomy was performed in all cases of malignancy. Our surgical technique is described. Our findings demonstrate the feasibility of performing major video-assisted thoracoscopic pulmonary resections, even though the definite role of this procedure in the management of lung cancer must still be defined.

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