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Successful Treatment of Bronchial Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma in a Longstanding Collapsed Lung

Authors
Journal
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
0003-4975
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
90
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.12.079
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma is a rare tumor of the lung that accounts for 0.1% to 0.2% of all pulmonary tumors. Herein we report our experience with a patient who suffered from bronchial mucoepidermoid carcinoma and 2-year left lung atelectasis. The tumor originated from the orifice of the left upper bronchus and obstructed the left main stem bronchus. A left upper sleeve lobectomy was performed and the remaining atelectatic lower lobe was fully expanded by 6 months postoperatively. The patient's pulmonary function significantly improved.

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