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How preserved regional pulmonary function after thoracoscopic segmentectomy in clinical stage I non-small cell lung cancers in right upper lobe

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To investigate the efficacy of regional respiratory preservation after pulmonary resection for clinical stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in right upper lobe.


This retrospective study analysed patients with clinical stage I NSCLC who underwent open thoracotomy lobectomy (OTL, n = 45), thoracoscopic lobectomy (TSL, n = 137), and thoracoscopic segmentectomy (TSS, n = 37) in right upper lobe. The forced vital capacity (FVC) and forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) were examined at 3 and 6–12 months after the operation. The pre- and post-operative lung volumes were evaluated by three-dimensional reconstructed computed tomography. The rates of post- and pre-operative FVC, FEV1, and lung volumes were compared amongst the three groups.


Significant differences were found in both FVC and FEV1 at 6–12 months between TSL and OTL (p < 0.01 and p = 0.02, respectively). The respiratory recovery rates of FVC and FEV1 at 6–12 months were significantly higher in TSS (98.6% ± 1.52% and 96.5% ± 1.66%) than in TSL (93.4% ± 0.79% and 90.4% ± 0.86%) (FVC: p < 0.01 and FEV1: p < 0.01). The volumetric changes were greater in TSL than in TSS for the right middle lobe (19.6% ± 2.39% and 9.59% ± 4.66%; p = 0.06) and right lower lobe (48.3% ± 2.84% and 27.9% ± 5.47%; p < 0.01)


TSS might be superior to TSL or OTL depending on the moderate expansion of the remaining right lobes.

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Sugita, Y., Kuroda, H., Sakata, S. et al. How preserved regional pulmonary function after thoracoscopic segmentectomy in clinical stage I non-small cell lung cancers in right upper lobe. Gen Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 69, 960–966 (2021).

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