Small pulmonary lesions are often difficult to localize during thoracoscopic surgery. We describe a new computed tomography (CT)-guided pleural dye-marking method for small peripheral pulmonary lesions that does not involve a visceral pleural puncture. We used this technique for 23 lesions (22 patients) who underwent thoracoscopic partial lung resection (Nov. 2016-Jan. 2018). With the patient in the lateral decubitus position, preoperative CT-guided marking on the skin over the lesion was performed. During the surgery, we marked the visceral pleura with a skin marker directly or with an infant-size nutrition catheter with crystal violet at the tip through a venous indwelling needle inserted perpendicular to the skin marking. We localized and resected the lesions in all cases, without complications. The median nodule size measured histopathologically was 8 (4-20) mm overall, and 7 (0-20) mm of the solid part; the median distance from the visceral pleura to the nodule was 9 (1-33) mm. The median operation time was 67 (37-180) min. The median postoperative hospital stay was 3 (3-11) days. Our CT-guided pleural dye-marking method is useful and safe for the localization of small peripheral pulmonary lesions in thoracoscopic partial lung resections.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Acta medica Okayama|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
- Small pulmonary lesion
- ground glass nodule
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)