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ICD-10 3241
ICD-9 32.3
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Lobectomy means surgical excision of a lobe. This may refer to a lobe of the lung,[1] a lobe of the thyroid (hemithyroidectomy), or a lobe of the brain (as in anterior temporal lobectomy).

Lung lobectomy[edit]

A lobectomy of the lung is performed in early stage non-small cell lung cancer patients. It is not performed on patients that have lung cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Tumor size, type, and location are major factors as to whether a lobectomy is performed. This can be due to cancer or smoking. Lung lobectomies are performed on patients as young as eleven or twelve who have no cancer or smoking history, but have conditions from birth or early childhood that need the operation. Such patients will have reduced lung capacity which tends to limit their range of activities through life. They often need to use inhalers on a daily basis, and are often classified as being asthmatic.


  1. ^ Rocco G, Internullo E, Cassivi SD, Van Raemdonck D, Ferguson MK (2008). "The variability of practice in minimally invasive thoracic surgery for pulmonary resections.". Thorac Surg Clin 18 (3): 235–47. doi:10.1016/j.thorsurg.2008.06.002. PMID 18831498. 

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21 news items

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:19:52 -0700

Lobectomy and anatomic segmentectomy appear to offer similar perioperative and oncological outcomes in patients with stage I non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), analysis suggests. Noting that anatomic segmentectomy is considered to be “a ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:15:00 -0700

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) has emerged as an alternative treatment for patients with early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) or metastatic pulmonary tumors. However, for isolated lung metastasis (ILM) of thoracic malignances ...

The Weekly Villager

The Weekly Villager
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:39:14 -0700

This was due to the fact that several years prior, Dave had undergone a lobectomy, in which part of his lung was removed to combat lung cancer. As a result, according to Dave, his heart had moved, making the surgery more challenging. After Dave and his ...
General Surgery News
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:30:00 -0700

Fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) is the most accurate diagnostic test for thyroid cancer, but, in up to 25% of cases, the results are indeterminate. Diagnostic thyroid lobectomy is indicated, but then requires total thyroidectomy (TT) if clinically ...
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0700

Neurosurgeon Dr. Jason Gerrard pointed out, “temporal lobectomy is a very effective treatment for epilepsy but you can't have a temporal lobectomy on both sides of the brain or it will create significant amnesia in patients. They won't be able to form ...
Legal Examiner
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:41:15 -0700

She was in a coma for five weeks, required a partial temporal lobectomy to relieve pressure from brain swelling, and was subsequently diagnosed with an acute subdural hematoma and hemorrhagic brain contusions. According to court records, she also ...

Cornell Chronicle

Cornell Chronicle
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:03:45 -0700

Specialized chemotherapy shrunk her 7-centimeter tumor considerably, allowing for surgical intervention. However, a left lobectomy and later wedge resection proved not to be enough, and she was also forced to limit her use of medications due to ...
Emporia Gazette
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:56:15 -0700

Doctors performed a lobectomy at that time, removing the left frontal lobe of her brain. This stopped the seizures but for only six short months. Tumors and seizures are not the only ramifications of TSC that Avery experiences. She has also been ...

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