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Minerva Chirurgica 2000 May;55(5):353-6

language: Italian

Congenital lobar emphysema in adult life

Canneto B., Carretta A., Vagani A., Puglisi A., Pansera M., Zannini P.


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Due to the severity of respiratory symptoms, congenital lobar emphysema often requires surgical treatment in the early stages of life. Diagnosis of congenital lobar emphysema in adult life is therefore unusual, often presenting with mild symptoms. Diagnostic assessment is therefore of great importance in the treatment of these patients. A case of congenital lobar emphysema in an adult is reported and the diagnostic and therapeutical approach are discussed. The use of new diagnostic techniques such as dynamic RMN and SPET V/Q lung scan may improve the accuracy of the diagnostic evaluation. Pulmonary lobectomy led to marked improvement in respiratory function. Accurate diagnosis and appropriate management of congenital lobar emphysema in adult patients can lead to favourable results.

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