Post-pneumonectomy and post-lobectomy syndromes: case series and review of the literature

https://doi.org/10.4081/monaldi.2017.810

Authors

  • Grigoris Stratakos 1st Respiratory Medicine Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
  • Vlassis Vitsas 1st Respiratory Medicine Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
  • Nikos Koufos | koufos_nikos@hotmail.com 1st Respiratory Medicine Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
  • Charalambos Zissis Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Department, “Evangelismos” Hospital, Greece.
  • Philip Emmanouil 1st Respiratory Medicine Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
  • Nikos Koulouris 1st Respiratory Medicine Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

Abstract

The post-pneumonectomy syndrome is a rare complication consisting of rotation and herniation of the mediastinal structures, the remaining lung and the respective bronchi, into the contralateral hemithorax. This situation may produce symptomatic airway obstruction and varies in its presentation and severity. We describe one case of right and one of left pneumonectomy syndrome as well as one case of post-lobectomy syndrome. We review the literature on the pathophysiology, the clinical, radiological and bronchoscopic characteristics of this rare entity and discuss all available therapeutic alternatives.

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Published
2017-05-18
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Pneumology - Case Reports
Keywords:
Pneumonectomy, lobectomy, airway obstruction, bronchoscopy.
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Stratakos, Grigoris, Vlassis Vitsas, Nikos Koufos, Charalambos Zissis, Philip Emmanouil, and Nikos Koulouris. 2017. “Post-Pneumonectomy and Post-Lobectomy Syndromes: Case Series and Review of the Literature”. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease 87 (1). https://doi.org/10.4081/monaldi.2017.810.