The postoperative chest in lung cancer

Clin Radiol. 2022 Jan;77(1):6-18. doi: 10.1016/j.crad.2021.05.002. Epub 2021 Jun 19.


Most of the complications following lung cancer surgery occur in the early postoperative period and can result in significant morbidity and mortality. Delayed complications can also occur. Diagnosing these complications can be challenging because clinical manifestations are non-specific. Imaging plays an important role in detecting these complications in a timely manner and facilitates prompt interventions. Hence, it is important to have knowledge of the expected anatomical alterations following lung cancer surgeries, and the spectrum of post-surgical complications and their respective imaging findings to avoid misinterpretations or delay in diagnosis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods*
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnostic imaging*
  • Postoperative Period
  • Thorax / diagnostic imaging