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Authors Taylor LJ, Adesoye T, Maloney JD
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Journal Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann Volume: 24 Issue: 2 Pages: 201-3
Publish Date 2016 Feb
PubMed ID 26430132

Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery is increasingly accepted as an alternative to open thoracotomy and has established efficacy in the management of non-small-cell lung cancer, but the presence of extensive intrapleural adhesions has been considered a deterrent to a minimally invasive approach. We report the successful use of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery in 3 patients with history of open thoracic aortic aneurysm repair who presented with left lower lobe stage I non-small-cell lung cancer. While this approach is feasible, it is technically demanding and thus, at the present time, we recommend that its use be limited to high-volume video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery centers. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System