Robotic assisted thoracoscopic lingulectomy
Epublication WebSurg.com, Oct 2015;15(10). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en4613
A 67-year-old otherwise healthy woman presented to her primary care physician with complaints of dyspnea. Her primary care physician obtained a chest X-ray, which revealed a left upper lobe abnormality. A follow-up chest CT revealed a 16mm left upper lobe mass concerning for malignancy in the lingula. A bronchoscopy with brushings was performed and pathology was positive for a well-differentiated adenocarcinoma. As part of a clinical staging, a PET-CT was obtained and demonstrated no FDG avid disease in the thorax or elsewhere. Pulmonary function tests revealed an FEV1 of 2.28 L (122% predicted) and DLCO of 19.05 (112% predicted). The therapeutic objectives were to perform an oncologically sound anatomic lung resection and lymph node dissection for the patients early stage biopsy proven lung cancer. The robotic platform was used in this case and we aimed to demonstrate our approach to a robotic assisted thoracoscopic lingulectomy for lung cancer.