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Minerva Chirurgica 2008 April;63(2):175-9

language: English

Sequential left pneumonectomy and right upper lobectomy for hemoptysis in post-tuberculosis destroyed lung and aspergilloma

Terzi A., Furia S., Biondani G., Calabrò F.

Thoracic Surgery Unit Verona City Hospital, Verona, Italy


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The case of a 30-years-old man from Angola who was referred with a history of previous tuberculosis at the age of 14, recurrent hemoptysis and a radiological picture of destroyed left lung and shrunken right upper lobe containing a fungus ball is presented. After careful functional evaluation the patient underwent sequential left pneumonectomy and right upper lobectomy due to the fear of massive and possibly fatal hemoptysis. Both operation were well tolerated and had an uneventful postoperative course. There was no significant difference between his postoperative and his preoperative functional status. The patient is now living an active life with only seven lung segments.

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