Thorac cardiovasc Surg
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1603532
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Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Proximal Left Main Bronchus Resection–Reconstruction through Left Thoracotomy with Tracheal Traction

Naoko Imanishi1, Masaru Takenaka1, Ayako Hirai1, Fumihiro Tanaka1
  • 1Second Department of Surgery, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan
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Publication History

19 February 2017

25 April 2017

Publication Date:
19 June 2017 (eFirst)


Surgical approach for resection–reconstruction of the proximal left main bronchus has been a matter of discussion. Through standard left thoracotomy, the proximal main bronchus close to the carina is not easily exposed. Accordingly, median sternotomy or right thoracotomy may be commonly employed, but the exposure and management of the distal left main bronchus may be difficult through the approach. Here, we present a left thoracotomy approach with traction of the trachea, which may easily allow excellent exposure of the proximal end of the left main bronchus and the carina.