ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Sleeve resection of mucoepidermoid carcinoma in left main bronchus through median sternotomy
Maruf Şanlı1, Bülent Tunçözgür1, Ahmet Feridun Işık1, Fatih Meteroğlu1, Kemal Bakır2, Levent Elbeyli1
1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Medicine Faculty of Gaziantep University, Gaziantep
2Department of Pathology, Medicine Faculty of Gaziantep University, Gaziantep
Mucoepidermoid carcinoma is a malignant tumor, which is rarely located in the tracheobronchial tree. Although mucoepidermoid carcinomas are usually low-grade malignant tumors, they should be surgically excised. A mass lesion narrowing the left main bronchus was detected during fiberoptic bronchoscopy in a 20-year-old male who presented with fever, cough and shortness of breath. Sleeve resection of the left main bronchus was performed through a median sternotomy, preserving the pulmonary parenchyma. Histopathological examination revealed a low-grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma. The patient did not receive radiotherapy or chemotherapy, and had no problem even one year postoperatively.
Keywords : Bronchial neoplasms/diagnosis; bronchogenic/surgery; carcinoma; lung neoplasms; median sternotomy; mucoepidermoid carcinoma; pneumonectomy
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