Lung volume reduction surgery for emphysema

Case contributed by Craig Hacking
Diagnosis certain


Day 5 post lung volume reduction surgery. Severe COPD.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male

There is a right intercostal pleural drain in place. Small right apical pneumothorax which has not changed when compared to the most recent post op CXR. Small bilateral basal pleural effusions. Postoperative lung resection surgical suture lines in the right perihilar, right superior paravertebral and left apical regions. The amount of lung volume has decreased significantly from the pre op CXR. Longstanding bilateral lower zone chronic interstitial thickening.

Case Discussion

Apical lung resections performed to reduce lung volumes in a patient with severe emphysema.

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