ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
A Rare Complication Of Lobectomy: Lobar Torsion And Gangrene
Altan KIR, Erdal OKUR, Semih HALEZEROĞLU, Ali ATASALİHİ, *Gözde KIR
SSK Süreyyapaşa Göğüs Kalp ve Damar Hastalıkları Eğitim Hastanesi, Göğüs Cerrahisi Kliniği, İstanbul
*Zeynep Kamil Kadın Hastalıkları ve Doğum Hastanesi, Patoloji Kliniği, İstanbul
Lobar torsion occurs by rotation of a lobe around it’s own bronchovascular pedicle and generally seen as a complication of lobectomy. Dyspnea, tachycardia, hemoptysis and increased density in plain radiography are usual signs. We have seen 3 cases of lobar gangrene as lobectomy complication for last ten years. Two of them occurred in right middle lobe, one in left upper lobe. They were diagnosed within first two days and treated by resection of these lobes. Lobar torsion, although a rare complication, can be life threatening. It should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
Keywords : Pulmonary torsion, lobar gangrene
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