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Bronchial Flap Closure of the Right Lower Lobe Bronchus

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Journal
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
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Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
88
Issue
5
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DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.01.068

Abstract

We describe a novel method for closure of the bronchus intermedius, after right lower lobectomy, using a flap derived from the lower lobe apical segmental bronchus. We have successfully used this technique in an endobronchial carcinoid tumor occurring in a young man. It allowed middle lobe preservation despite a very proximal tumor position within the basal trunk bronchus. Adequate tumor margins were confirmed by on-table frozen section examination. This technique may have particular use in carcinoids or benign tumors.

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