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Indian J Chest Dis Allied Sci. 2004 Jul-Sep;46(3):179-82.

Morphological variations of the lung fissures and lobes.

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Department of Anatomy, St John's Medical College, Bangalore, India. sjmcanat@satyam.net.in

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Knowledge of the position of fissures of the lungs is necessary for the appreciation of lobar anatomy and thus locating the bronchopulmonary segments.

METHODS:

Morphological variations of fissures and lobes of the lungs were studied in 30 pairs of lungs from cadavers.

RESULTS:

Five right-sided lungs showed absence of horizontal fissure, 19 showed incomplete horizontal fissure. Eleven right-sided and 14 left-sided lungs showed incomplete oblique fissure and two right-sided lungs showed both absence of horizontal fissure and an incomplete oblique fissure. Accessory fissure was seen in three left-sided and one right-sided lungs.

CONCLUSIONS:

Awareness regarding anatomical variations is essential for performing lobectomies and segmental resection and interpreting radiological images.

PMID:
15553206
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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