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Pulmonary Resection for Metachronous Lung Cancer Following Contralateral Pneumonectomy

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Patients who undergo pneumonectomy for lung cancer are at risk of recurrent disease and metachronous tumours in the remaining lung. Establishing a diagnosis can be difficult as biopsy may induce a pneumothorax, whilst resection is limited by remaining lung function. However, pneumonectomy should not be a contraindication to further lung resection. We report two cases of lung cancer resection in the residual lung 6 and 11 years following pneumonectomy respectively. A limited resection can be safely performed for a new pulmonary parenchymal lesion on a background of a previous pneumonectomy.

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T. Tsitsias, P. Gupta, K. Lau, N. Harvey and S. Rathinam, "Pulmonary Resection for Metachronous Lung Cancer Following Contralateral Pneumonectomy," Open Journal of Thoracic Surgery, Vol. 3 No. 1, 2013, pp. 15-18. doi: 10.4236/ojts.2013.31004.

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