Validity of using lobe-specific regional lymph node stations to assist navigation during lymph node dissection in early stage non-small cell lung cancer patients

Surg Today. 2014 Nov;44(11):2028-36. doi: 10.1007/s00595-013-0772-5. Epub 2013 Oct 31.


Purpose: The validity of our proposed lobe-specific regional lymph node stations (LSRLNS) was evaluated as a method for navigation during lymphadenectomy in patients with early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

Methods: A total of 725 NSCLC patients with c-T2N1M0 or less extensive disease who had undergone a curative operation with complete mediastinal lymph node dissection (MLND) were studied. The LSRLNS were #2, #3, #4 and #10 for the right upper lobe, #11i, #11s, #7 and #8 for the right lower lobe, #4, #5 and #6 for the left superior division, #11, #5 and #7 for the left lingular division and #11, #7 and #8 for the left lower lobe.

Results: If the LSRLNS were used for pathological examinations during surgery, 599 p-N0 and 39 p-N1 patients diagnosed with no metastasis would have been subjected to a selective MLND, while 20 p-N1 and 65 p-N2 patients who had a diagnosis of metastasis would have been navigated to a complete MLND. Two p-N2 patients with a diagnosis of no metastasis would have inappropriately undergone a selective MLND, resulting in the false negative rate at 0.3 %.

Conclusion: Intra-operative pathological examination using our LSRLNS may accurately reveal the status of metastasis, and appropriately lead to a selective or complete MLND in patients with c-T2N1M0 or less extensive disease.

Publication types

  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / diagnosis
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / pathology*
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Period
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Lymph Node Excision / methods*
  • Lymphatic Metastasis
  • Male
  • Mediastinum
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Young Adult