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Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2006 Summer;18(2):104-8.

Reconstruction of the pulmonary artery.

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  • 1University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Policlinico Umberto I, Rome, Italy.


Sleeve resection and prosthetic reconstruction of the pulmonary artery have progressively gained acceptance as an alternative to pneumonectomy in lung cancer surgery. Previous concern was mainly related to technical difficulties, intraoperative and postoperative complications, lack of long-term survival, and impact on cardiopulmonary function. For this reason it was not until very recently that lobectomy associated with resection and reconstruction of the pulmonary artery, associated or not to a sleeve resection of the bronchus, has been demonstrated to be an advantageous alternative. The concern about an increased complication rate has been proven to be excessive; in fact, pulmonary artery reconstruction can be performed safely and effectively with the correct indications and technique. We hereby report our experience, along with a review of the indications, the surgical technique, and outcome of pulmonary artery reconstruction.

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