Carcinoid tumors represent less than 5% of the bronchopulmonary cancers , but often concern young people. A lung-sparing anatomical resection is often preferred if possible . However, an uneasy intrabronchial localization mandates a major resection such as bilobectomy and/or sometimes pneumonectomy for complete resection as it is the aim of carcinoid tumor treatment. This can be achieved using a minimally invasive approach [3, 4].
This is the case of a 34-year-old woman suffering from recurrent right pneumopathy, without any other medical history. A mass in the middle lobe bronchus with partial obstruction of the intermedius bronchus was found on CT-scan. Bronchoscopy found the extension of a strawberry-like tumor until segment 6 bronchus. Histopathology confirmed the presence of a carcinoid tumor. A radical excision with middle lower bilobectomy by VATS was decided upon rather than middle lobe sleeve lobectomy in order to ensure complete resection.
There was no postoperative complication and the patient was discharged on postoperative day 5. The operative specimen contained the tumor. Vascular and bronchial resections were free. Histopathology confirmed a typical pT1N0 carcinoid tumor.
Complete middle lower bilobectomy can be performed using a VATS approach. This therapeutic option seems worthwhile in young people because of low postoperative morbidity and fast recovery for active people.
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