The lung is a common site of metastasis. Resectability seems to be the only prognostic factor acknowledged in the literature.
Other variables, such as time until tumoral reproduction, duration of the disease-free period, number of metastases and ganglia involvement are not grounds for ruling out surgery. Between February 1996 and January 1998 we operated on 45 patients with pulmonary metastasis, 16 of whom underwent surgery for the same reason more than once.
The total number of chest operations in the study group was 42. Retrospectively, we studied all patients undergoing chest surgery more than once, with histologically confirmed resection of pulmonary metastases. One hundred twenty-five metastases (7.8 metastases/patient) were resected. We recorded 3 cases of persistent air leaks that stopped after aspiration through chest tubes was continued. No postoperative (1 to 30 days) mortality was observed.
Repetition of pulmonary metastasis should not by itself be considered a reason for ruling out surgery.
CITATION Arch Bronconeumol. 1998 Nov;34(10):489-91
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