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International Journal of Anatomical Variations

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Emily Poe1 and Guinevere Granite2*
 
1 Anatomy Teaching Lab, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda MD, USA
2 Department of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda MD, USA
 
*Correspondence: Dr. Guinevere Granite, Department of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, USA,

Received Date: Apr 29, 2019 / Accepted Date: May 17, 2019 / Published Date: May 24, 2019

Citation: Poe E, Granite G. Anatomical lung variations: A study conducted on cadaveric specimens. Int J Anat Var. Mar 2019;12(2): 17-20.

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Abstract

Cognizance of lung anatomical variations is essential for surgeons performing lobectomies or segmentectomies. Knowledge of lung variations is essential; clinicians may misinterpret such variations in radiological images. During cadaveric dissection of fifty cadavers, we chose the three most unique lung anatomic variations noted to highlight as case studies. These three were an azygos lobe, a five-lobed right lung, and a markedly enlarged lingula of a left lung. The anatomical variations we describe in this article are of both clinical importance and academic interest. Cardiothoracic surgeons should consider these variants to avoid or reduce mortality associated with invasive procedures.

 

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