Thoracotomy (Gk thōrax, breastplate and Gk. tomē, a cutting) refers to the process of surgically incising the chest, and pneumonectomy (Gk. pneumōn, lung and Gk. ektomē, excision) to the process of removing a lung. In clinical practice, however, pneumonectomy is rare.1 The lung operation performed most commonly is a lobectomy (Gk. lobos, lobe and Gk. ektomē, excision) or the removal of a single lobe of the lung.1 In occasional cases, small segments of a lobe are excised for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes.
KeywordsChest Tube Intercostal Space Latissimus Dorsi Left Pulmonary Artery Apical Lobe
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