Complete mediastinal lymph node dissection in video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy versus lobectomy by thoracotomy.

@article{Yang2013CompleteML,
  title={Complete mediastinal lymph node dissection in video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy versus lobectomy by thoracotomy.},
  author={Hong Yang and Xiaodong Li and Ren-chun Lai and Ke-lin She and Ming-hao Luo and Zhen-xuan Li and Yong-bin Lin},
  journal={The Thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon},
  year={2013},
  volume={61 2},
  pages={116-23}
}
BACKGROUND Although video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy has been used more and more frequently for the treatment of patients with early-stage lung cancer, controversies are mainly focused on whether the complete mediastinal lymph node dissection (MLND) can be achieved by VATS. This retrospective study aimed to compare the validity of MLND between VATS and open thoracotomy. METHODS Patients with lung cancer were matched from a pool of pulmonary lobectomies performed by one surgeon… CONTINUE READING