Department University Hospital General Thoracic Surgery, Clinical Departments Position
|Article types||journal article|
|Peer review||Peer reviewed|
|Title||Virtual-assisted lung mapping (VAL-MAP) shortened surgical time of wedge resection.|
|Journal||Formal name：Journal of thoracic disease|
Abbreviation：J Thorac Dis
|Domestic / Foregin||Foregin|
|Volume, Issue, Page||10(3),1842-1849頁|
|Author and coauthor||Taiji Kuwata, Shuichi Shinohara, Hiroki Matsumiya, Masaru Takenaka, Soichi Oka, Yasuhiro Chikaishi, Ayako Hirai, Naoko Imanishi, Koji Kuroda, Fumihiro Tanaka|
The detection of extremely small lung tumors has increased with the development of computed tomography. Resection of such tumors by thoracoscopy is often hindered due to the unclear location of the tumor. Various methods of preoperative determination of such lesions have been attempted, but without marked success. Here we used virtual-assisted lung mapping (VAL-MAP) to perform surgical resection of small lung lesions.
We selected patients with pulmonary tumors that we anticipated to be difficult to identify during thoracoscopy and/or decide the resection line for sub-lobar lung resection. The wedge resections in the VAL-MAP group were compared to a group of patients who underwent wedge resection without VAL-MAP in 2013.
Surgery duration was significantly shorter in the VAL-MAP group (average: 76.4 min) than in the 2013 group (average: 108.6 min; P=0.000451), although the VAL-MAP group (average major axis: 9.6 mm) had smaller tumors (P=0.000032) and more pure ground-glass opacities (GGOs) (P=0.0000919) than the 2013 group (average major axis: 16.6 mm).
The findings of this study indicate that VAL-MAP is efficacious. In particular, VAL-MAP resulted in a shorter surgery duration and has expanded the indications of resectable lesions.