Lobar Carina Resection and Reconstruction in the Cases with Carcinoid Tumor

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In our case a typical carcinoid tumor was determined that settled in the seperation of lower lobe and upper lobe bronchi of left lung. Lobar carinal complet resection and lobar carinal reconstruction were performed to the only localizaton of tumor in the patient instead of pneumonectomy. Because of the maintaining the lung parenchymal tissue, sleeve rezections should be preferred to the pneumonectomy? in the appropiate cases. In the selective cases such as our case, lobar carinal? resections although they are technically difficult should be evaluated as a variant?of sleeve resection.


Sleeve resections are resections that applied with different variations in the benign diseases, low-grade malignancies, and bronchial cancers for protect the parenchym [1]. Lobar carinal resection was carried out in our case as an alternative to pneumonectomy.


Twenty-six-year-old female patient resorted to the our policlinic because of hemoptysis. In her history we have learned that she had been treatening with a diagnosis of asthma for approximately one year and she has had chronic cough, shortness of breath that don ‘t respond to treatment and recurrent hemoptysis for the last two months. Computerized Thorax Tomography (CT) was applied to the patient and in the left lower lobe air trapping was determined. In her fiberoptic bronchoscope (FOB) endobronchial lesion (EBL) that had obstructed the left main bronchus completely was detected. Needle biopsy that had been taken from tle lesion was consistent with a typical carcinoid tumor. When the coronal scans of the CT were checked it was seen that the distal of the EBL was open (Figure 1).

Left thoracotomy was carried out to the patient. With Karlens tube, ventilation of the left bronchial system was blocked. Accompanied by FOB bronchotomy was performed to the proximal of EBL in left main bronchia (Figure 2). Lobar carinal was excised because of not being tumor on the upper and lower lobe bronchia that are distal of the lesion (Figure 3). First reconstruction of the upper-lower lobe bronchus and then the reconstruction of left main bronchus were performed. After the detection of the full ekspansation of the left lung the operation was terminated. In the postoperative third month all bronchial system was seen as open and the air trapping that on the left lower lobe was seen as absent by CT and FOB (Figure 4).


Bronchial carcinoid tumors arising from neuroendocrine cells of are seen rarely grow slowly and grow by making local invasion [2]. While tumors that located in peripheral zone are usually asymptomatic in central located tumors findings of endobronchial obstruction are seen. The classic symptoms are cough, hemoptysis and recurrent pulmonary infections [3]. With bronchoscopy 80% of the cases can be diagnosed but it should be borne in mind that hemorrhage can develop during the processing [2].

Long-term prognosis is quite good in the carcinoid tumors. The 5-year survival for typical carcinoid tumors is above of 85%, for atypical carcinoid tumors is above of the 50%. It has been found that age and gender don’t affect the prognosis [4].

The treatment of these tumors is complete surgical resections that aplied by maintaining lung tissue as possible. For this purpose, wedge resection, segmentectomy, bronchotomy, mass extirpation or sleeve resection can be used as technique. Videothoracoscopic surgery that a minimally invasive method,may be an alternative method for selected cases accompined by peripheral typical carsinoid [5,6].

Endobronchial treatment methods can be used in patients that surgical therapy is contraindicated. The morbidity rate of sleeve resections is in interval of 2.5-11% interval and mortality rate is in interval of 1.3%-7.7% . The most feared complication is the seperation of anastomose border in the early period [6,7].

İn literature lobar carinal resections are mentioned a few. It is seen that lobar carinal resections are easy method because of not have ventilation difficulty but they are more diffucult technically due to deal with small scale bronchus when it is compared with the main carina resections [8,9,10].


Sleeve resections should be preferred to the pneumonectomy in proper cases, because of the lung parenchymal tissue is maintained . In the selective cases such as our case, lobar carinal resections should be regarded as a variant of a sleeve resection .

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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  • Recieved: 10.11.2011
  • Accepted: 13.12.2011
  • Published Online: 13.12.2011
  • Printed: 01.11.2014
  • DOI: 10.4328/JCAM.852
  • Author: Mahmut Tokur, Hasan Kahraman, Fuat Ozkan, Yenibertiz, Nurhan Atilla
  • Identifier: J Clin Anal Med. 2014;5(6):516-518
  • Index Page: 516-518
  • How to Cite: Mahmut Tokur, Hasan Kahraman, Fuat Ozkan, Yenibertiz, Nurhan Atilla. Lobar Carina Resection and Reconstruction in the Cases with Carcinoid Tumor. J Clin Anal Med. 2014;5(6):516-518
  • Running Title: Carcinoid Tumor in Sleeve Resection
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