Video-assisted thoracic surgical resection of malignant lung tumors

J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1992 Dec;104(6):1679-85; discussion 1685-7.


Forty patients with malignant pulmonary disease underwent evaluation, staging, and a biopsy or resection by means of video-assisted thoracic surgery. There were 20 men and 20 women whose ages ranged from 27 to 82 years. Eight patients had a wedge resection for metastatic carcinoma, three a lobectomy for primary carcinoma, six exploration of the thorax, five biopsy of the aortopulmonary window, and eighteen a sublobar resection for primary carcinoma of the lung. There was no mortality. Three patients had air leaks that lasted an average of 8 days. Video-assisted thoracic surgery seems to be useful for more precise staging of carcinoma of the lung, and, in some patients, resectional operations can be performed.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Biopsy / instrumentation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Staging / methods
  • Pneumonectomy / instrumentation
  • Pneumonectomy / methods
  • Postoperative Complications / epidemiology
  • Thoracic Surgery / instrumentation*
  • Thoracic Surgery / methods
  • Video Recording / instrumentation*