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Auckland DHB Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care and High Dependency Unit

Public Service, Intensive Care, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery


Removal of the entire lobe of a lung when there is e.g. a tumour, lung abscess or bleb. This also includes lymph node removal. After lobectomy some non-pathologic emphysema occurs. Remaining lung tissue over-expands to fill in the portion previously occupied by the resected lung. Chest drainage is used post-operatively.

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