Re-thoracoscopic surgery for middle lobe torsion after right upper lobectomy

Ho Kyung Sung, Hyun Koo Kim, Young Ho Choi

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After pulmonary resection, lobar torsion is a rare but potentially serious complication. The reported occurrence rate is 0.089-0.3%. Generally, management for this condition is exploration through 'open technique' thoracotomy with the resection of the affected lobe. A 68-year old male was diagnosed with right middle lobe torsion 1 day after a video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) right upper lobectomy. A second VATS right middle lobectomy was successfully performed through the same incisions. The careful follow-up and the prompt detection of lobar torsion using the VATS approach lead to a satisfactory outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberezs214
Pages (from-to)582-583
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sept


  • Lobar torsion
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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