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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 1998 August;39(4):509-10

Copyright © 2000 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Combined lung volume reduction surgery and thoracic aortic aneurysm resection

Zannini P., Carretta A., Chiesa R., Melissano G., Venturino M., Robuschi M., Damato S.*

From the Division of Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Anesthesiology and Respiratory Medicine, University of Milan, Italy Scientific Institute H San Raffaele and * Seregno Hospital, Milan, Italy


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Post­op­er­a­tive improve­ment of res­pir­a­tory func­tion has ­been ­reported ­with ­lung ­volume reduc­tion sur­gery (LVRS) in ­patients ­with ­severe emphy­sema. ­Since ­smoking is an estab­lished ­risk ­factor for ­lung ­cancer, vas­cular dis­eases and emphy­sema, it is not infre­quent to ­find ­these dis­eases asso­ciated in the ­same ­patient. Com­bined treat­ment of ­lung ­cancer and emphy­sema has ­already ­been ­reported. Sur­gical treat­ment of vas­cular dis­eases in emphy­sem­a­tous ­patients ­could ­also ben­efit ­from the appli­ca­tion of ­LVRS tech­niques. We ­report resec­tion of an ­aortic aneu­rysm com­bined ­with ­LVRS in a ­patient ­with con­com­i­tant tho­racic ­aortic aneu­rysm and ­severe emphy­sema. Res­pir­a­tory func­tion ­improved in the post­op­er­a­tive ­period.

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