Lung volume reduction surgery allows esophageal tumor resection in selected esophageal carcinoma with severe emphysema.

@article{Tan2006LungVR,
  title={Lung volume reduction surgery allows esophageal tumor resection in selected esophageal carcinoma with severe emphysema.},
  author={Qun-you Tan and Ru-wen Wang and Yao-guang Jiang and Shi-zhi Fan and Michael Kuan Yew Hsin and Tai-qian Gong and Jing-hai Zhou and Yun-ping Zhao},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2006},
  volume={82 5},
  pages={1849-56}
}
BACKGROUND Esophageal carcinoma patients with coexisting severe emphysema are high risk surgical candidates. We hypothesize that simultaneous unilateral lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) allows us to offer esophageal tumor resection to patients previously considered inoperable. METHODS Twenty-one patients with esophageal carcinoma were recruited. All patients had severe emphysema with impaired respiratory function and health-related quality of life (HRQL). Esophageal tumor resection with… CONTINUE READING