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Completion lobectomy for unanticipated pN1 disease on postoperative pathology after segmentectomy for cT1N0 lung cancer: Prevention of pleural adhesion by using fibrin glue

Background/Introduction

Segmentectomy is an anatomic sublobar resection that has recently been introduced for small lesions in cases of lung cancer.

Aims/Objectives

In completion lobectomy after segmentectomy, pleural adhesion in the hilar vessels and inter-segmental plane makes the procedure most difficult. Preventing adhesion could reduce intraoperative bleeding and operation time in cases of reoperation.

Method

Here, we present a case of right S9+10 segmentectomy followed by completion lobectomy for unanticipated nodal metastasis of cT1N0/pN1 lung cancer, in which pleural adhesion was prevented by coating with fibrin glue.

Results

We describe the case of a 54-year-old man who underwent completion lobectomy for unanticipated hilar nodal metastasis reported on postoperative pathologic examination 1 month after right S8+9 segmentectomy for clinical T1N0 lung cancer. In the initial surgery, we used electrocautery without a stapler to divide the inter-segmental plane. The entire dissected inter-segmental plane was covered with absorbable mesh and fibrin glue. At re-thoracotomy, pleural adhesion at the inter-segmental plane was never observed although there were adhesions at parietal pleura not covered with fibrin glue.

Discussion/Conclusion

Covering the inter-segmental plane with fibrin glue may be useful not only for preventing air leakage but also for preventing pleural adhesion.

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Correspondence to Jun Hihara.

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Miyata, Y., Mimura, T., Tsutani, Y. et al. Completion lobectomy for unanticipated pN1 disease on postoperative pathology after segmentectomy for cT1N0 lung cancer: Prevention of pleural adhesion by using fibrin glue. J Cardiothorac Surg 10, A245 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1186/1749-8090-10-S1-A245

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Keywords

  • Lung Cancer
  • Nodal Metastasis
  • Fibrin Glue
  • Small Lesion
  • Parietal Pleura