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01.12.2017 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2017 Open Access

Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 1/2017

Robot-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy as treatment of a giant bulla

Zeitschrift:
Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery > Ausgabe 1/2017
Autoren:
Rosa Roemers, Kornelis Patberg, Caroline van de Wauwer, Tam Nguyen, Ghada Shahin

Abstract

Background

A bulla is a marked enlarged space within the parenchyma of the lung. Bullae may cause dyspnea by compressing healthy lung parenchyma and can cause a pneumothorax. Also, bullae are associated with malignancy, therefore surgical bullectomy is indicated on preventive basis. This case is unique and therefore valuable because of the remarkable presentation, innovative treatment and the spectacular improvement of lung function and socio-economic performance of the patient.

Case presentation

In this case report we describe the presentation, minimally invasive surgical treatment by means of a robot-assisted lobectomy and postoperative outcome of a young patient with a giant congenital bulla of the left upper lobe.

Conclusions

In this case robot-assisted lobectomy has shown spectacular improvement of lung function and fast-track recovery with beneficial socio-economic performance in a young patient with a giant congenital bulla.
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