Pneumonectomy (or Pneumectomy) Balanced Drainage


What is pneumonectomy(or pneumectomy)?
A pneumonectomy(or pneumectomy) is a surgical procedure to remove a lung.
Removal of just one lobe of the lung is specifically referred to as a lobectopmy, and that of a segment of the lung as a wedge resection (or segmentectomy).

Appearance of the cut surface of a pneumonectomy specimen containing a lung cancer,here a Squamous cell carcinoma (the whitish tumor near the bronchi).

There are two types of pneumonectomy:

  1. Simple pneumonectomy: removal of just the affected lung
  2. Extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP): removal of the affected lung, plus part of the diaphragm, the parietal pleura (lining of the chest) and the pericardium (lining of the heart) on that side.

The linings are replaced by Gore-Tex in this radical and painful surgery that is used primarily for treatment of malignant mesothelioma.
This technique produces the best long-term survival rates for this serious and fatal disease.


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