What It's Used For
Most often, a traditional pneumonectomy is done to remove lung cancer. It also may be necessary when a patient has been severely wounded in the chest.
An extrapleural pneumonectomy may be a treatment option for malignant mesothelioma. This is a cancer of the pleura. The pleura is the membrane lining the chest cavity and covering the lungs. This cancer typically is caused by exposure to asbestos.
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