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    MINI 19 - Surgical Topics in Localized NSCLC (ID 138)

    • Event: WCLC 2015
    • Type: Mini Oral
    • Track: Treatment of Localized Disease - NSCLC
    • Presentations: 1
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      MINI19.11 - Use of Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy to Localize Pulmonary Nodules Prior to Minimally Invasive Sublobar Resection (ID 2303)

      16:45 - 18:15  |  Author(s): G. Avignon

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      Sublobar resection of small pulmonary nodules by minimally invasive techniques can be a challenge, as this approach reduces the haptic feedback often required to reliably localize small lesions. Use of Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy (ENB) is a relatively new technique that has potential to assist in real time operative localization of such lesions, as ENB can deliver visual cues for their location in the form of either a dye marking or a radio-opaque clip, or both. There is limited data available on the feasibility of this approach. We want to describe our experience with this technique.

      A retrospective review of cases in which ENB was used to localize small pulmonary nodules was done from August 1, 2013 to February 1, 2015. We start by using ENB to navigate to the target lesion. In our initial experience, methylene blue was injected into the parenchyma around the mass, and dye migration to the pleural edge was used as a visual cue for location. We then amended our protocol to include placement of both methylene blue dye and a radio-opaque clip in the parenchyma immediately adjacent to the target lesion. Fluoroscopy was then used to triangulate the location of the clip, and by extension the mass, via markings on the chest wall with the lung deflated prior to incision. The visual cue of the dye marking as well as the fluoroscopic localization of the clip served to confirm each other. This was followed by minimally invasive resection of the lesion using these cues to assist in port placement. Figure 1

      A total of 28 cases were identified. ENB was successful in navigating to the lesion in all cases. ENB dye localization alone was successful in 5 of 6 cases. After the first unsuccessful dye localization, our amended protocol of dye marking and clip placement led to successful localization in 22 consecutive cases.

      Use of electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy to localize small pulmonary nodules is a feasible approach and is technically straightforward. As we see broader implementation of lung cancer screening protocols, thoracic surgeons can expect to encounter many more small pulmonary nodules requiring resection. There is accumulating data that sublobar resection is equivalent to lobar resection for small, peripherally located lung cancer. Use of the algorithm – ‘Navigate, Triangulate and Resect’ will enable thoracic surgeons to more successfully perform sublobar resections of small pulmonary nodules by minimally invasive techniques.

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