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Neumología y cirugía de tórax

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SANCHO-HERNANDEZ, Rogelio et al. Extralobar pulmonary sequestration asymptomatic and the importance of diagnosis and perinatal treatment: Expectant management is not a therapeutic option. Neumol. cir. torax [online]. 2015, vol.74, n.4, pp.262-270. ISSN 0028-3746.

Introduction: Prenatal ultrasonography currently represents presentation form of bronchopulmonary malformations. To 90% manifest in neonates with obvious radiological abnormalities and symptomatic progression where surgical resection is clearly indicated. In < 4% causing mass effect with mediastinal shift, hydrops and fetal death and other extreme behave "asymptomatic" with apparent involution and its management has been controversial: early elective resection or radiologic expectant management to document the regression or development complications. It analyzes the literature about the controversy: operate or not to operate. Description of cases: Three fetuses with prenatal diagnosis of intrathoracic solid mass, asymptomatic newborns: one with hydrothorax and other without apparent prenatal involution both with abnormal irrigation compatible with extralobar sequestration, the third with a paracardiac mass where imaging studies did not diagnostic a extralobar sequestration of ectopic location and synchronous with cystic adenomatoid malformation, only transoperative and pathological findings confirmed the diagnosis. Discussion: In asymptomatic patients all bronchopulmonary malformations could be diagnosed and surgically resected for unrecognized their natural history and the low rate of natural regression, radiological proposals are not effective for monitoring.

Keywords : Extralobar sequestration; elective resection; asymptomatic malformation.

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