Reconstruction of the bronchus and pulmonary artery

Thorac Surg Clin. 2013 Aug;23(3):337-47. doi: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2013.05.007.


Sleeve lobectomy (SL) (lobectomy associated with resection and reconstruction of the bronchus, the pulmonary artery, or both) has proved to be a suitable choice for the treatment of centrally sited non-small cell lung cancer. SL for lung cancer is indicated when a tumor or an N1 lymph node infiltrates the origin of a lobar bronchus, the origin of the lobar branches of the pulmonary artery, or both but not to the extent that a pneumonectomy is required. SL can be performed safely and effectively, even after induction therapy, without an increased complication rate.

Keywords: Non–small cell lung cancer; Pulmonary artery; Sleeve lobectomy.

MeSH terms

  • Anastomosis, Surgical
  • Bronchi / pathology
  • Bronchi / surgery*
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / surgery*
  • Glucocorticoids / administration & dosage
  • Humans
  • Lung / drug effects
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures
  • Pneumonectomy / methods*
  • Pulmonary Artery / pathology
  • Pulmonary Artery / surgery*
  • Survival Rate


  • Glucocorticoids