Pulmonary sequestration

What is it?

It is a non-functioning lung mass with no connection to the tracheobronchial tree. This mass can be intrapulmonary or extrapulmonary and receive perfusion from an artery coming directly from the thoracic, abdominal aorta, or from the intercostal arteries. In some cases, it can be localized in the abdomen.

Causes and risk factors

It is a congenital disorder that is more common in men in a 3:1 ratio.

Which are the symptoms?

Younger patients may present with shortness of breath, cyanosis, and other signs of respiratory failure. In older patients, the disease may be asymptomatic with incidental findings on chest x-ray. Signs of chronic lung infection may be present at the same time. In rare cases, a vascular shunt can lead to heart failure.

How is it diagnosed?

The manifestation of the disease is visible on a chest x-ray. A CT scan of the chest is the exam that provides the most detailed information. In some cases, an MRI can add more detail.

Suggested exams

How is it treated?

Treatment is surgical resection. In the case of intralobar sequestration, it may be necessary to remove the entire lung lobe.

Where do we treat it?

Within the San Donato Group, you can find Pulmonary sequestration specialists at these departments:

Are you interested in receiving the treatment?

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