Article Abstract

Division of the bronchus: an approach to the intraoperative management of difficult lymphadenopathy

Authors: Janet P. Edwards, Stafford S. Balderson, Thomas A. D’Amico


Background: A minimally invasive approach to lung cancer resection offers many benefits over traditional open surgery. Reasons for increased difficulty and conversion from thoracoscopic to open surgery have been studied and include abnormal hilar or interlobar lymphadenopathy.
Methods: We present a case of adherent lymphadenopathy complicating dissection of the truncus anterior branch of the pulmonary artery during thoracoscopic left upper lobectomy.
Results: We show one approach to the management of difficult lymphadenopathy and pulmonary arterial isolation, that of division without closure of the lobar bronchus to allow superior access to the branches of the pulmonary artery, followed by stapled closure of the bronchus.
Conclusions: While adherent lymphadenopathy is a vexing problem in thoracoscopic lobectomy, minimally invasive approaches are safe and effective. We show that division of the bronchus can improve exposure and allow safe dissection to proceed.