A pair of light, spongy organs in the thorax, constituting the main component of the respiratory system.
A triangular depression on the mediastinal surface of each lung where the bronchus, blood vessels, nerves and lymphatics enter or leave the viscus.
Dome shaped muscle separating the thoracic area from the abdominal cavity; primary muscle to help with breathing.
Sputum Culture Analysis
Material coughed up from the lungs and expectorated (spit out) through the mouth to find & identify the microorganisms causing infection of the lower respiratory tract. (Sent to Pathology)
Procedure used for taking specimens for biopsy & culture and for removal of foreign bodies.
Procedure to visually examine the pleura, lungs, and mediastinum and to obtain tissue for testing purposes. Generally used to diagnose carcinoma of the lung and pulmonary infections.
Tuberculin Skin Test
Used to verify presence of particular active or dormant bacteria based on a positive reaction.
Transthoracic Needle Biopsy of the Lung
Biopsy taken to aid in the diagnosis of pulmonary infections or carcinoma of the lung.
Scalene/Supraclavicular Lymph Node Biopsy
Biopsy to diagnose bronchial carcinomas or esophageal cancer.
Decortication of the Lung (Pleurectomy)
Removal of any fibrous deposit or restrictive membrane on the visceral and parietal pleura interfering with respiratory function.
Procedure will produce copious surface bleeding.
Typically performed to remove metastatic lesions, large centrally located lesions, for bronchiectasis, blebs or bullae from emphysema, and fungal infections.
Lung Biopsy (wedge resection)
Used to remove small, peripherally located benign primary tumors, or for localized inflammatory disease, and to aid in diagnosis of chronic diffuse lung disease.
Procedure used to examine the organs in the area between the lungs and nearby lymph nodes. Useful in the diagnosis of nodes involved in lymphomas and granulomatous conditions.
A surgical cardiac procedure that removes all or part of the pericardium. Performed for patients with thickened fibrotic pericardium.
Repair of Pectus Excavatum/Carinatum
Correction of deformities of the sternum and/or costal cartilage of the anterior chest wall.
Most often performed to remove foreign body aspiration, especially from the airways of infants and children.
Excision of a portion of a organ or a gland. Used to treat bronchiectasis, localized inflammation, and congenital cysts or blebs.
Surgical removal of ribs to gain access during surgery or to collapse the chest wall and a diseased lung. (Repairative or plastic surgery performed on the thorax). Used primarily in the treatment of chronic thoracic empyema.
VATS - Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery, Thoracoscopy
Most commonly used to diagnose intrathoracic disease, but also used to evaluate pericardial disease or trauma. A technique used in the aid of placement of chest tubes.
Thoracostomy Closed (Insertion of a chest tube)
Allows continuous aspiration of air, blood or infectious fluid from the pleural cavity.
Involves the removal of one or both diseased lungs and the replacement. LEVEL III SURGERY - for patients suffering from COPD, cystic fibrosis or end-stage pulmonary fibrosis.
The division of the trachea into the right and left bronchi; The Fork In The Road!
Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
Treatment for severe pulmonary emphysema. Remove 20%-30% of each lung.
A collection of pus in the space between the lung and the inside of the chest wall (pleural space).
Cervical Rib Resection
Performed for thoracic outlet syndrome. Usually at the livel of the 1st rib. Decompression accomplished via partial or entire removal of the rib.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
A condition due to compromise of blood vessels or nerve fibers between the armpit (axilla) and base of the neck, usually due to compression.
Accumulation of blood in the pleural cavity related to trauma, inflammation or malignant neoplasm.
Accumulation of air or gas in the pleural cavity resulting in the collapse of the lung on the affected side.
Chest Tube & Drainage Systems
A catheter inserted through the rib space of the thorax into the pleural space to remove air and/or fluid, thereby restoring negative pressure in the pleural space. It is attached to a water sealed chest drainage device. *It is commonly used after chest surgery and lung collapse.
An abnormality of the chest in which the sternum (breastbone) is pushed outward. (AKA: Pigeon Breast) Congenital
Carcinoma derived from glandular tissue or in which the tumor cells form recognizable glandular structures. *The most common malignant tumor in both men and women.
Characterized by constriction of the bronchioles, production of excessive mucous and difficulty breathing.
Permanent dilation of the bronchi with accompanying infection. Leads to destruction of the bronchial walls.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Irreversible condition that results in diminished capacity of the lungs.
Chronic respiratory disease characterized by permanent enlargement of the alveoli and alveolar ducts of the lungs.
Fluid accumulation around the vocal chords, resulting from an infection, injury or inhalation of toxic gas.
Necrosis of the pulmonary tissue and formation of cavities containing necrotic debris or fluid caused by microbial infection.
Inflammation of the lung, usually caused by an infection. Three common causes are bacteria, viruses and fungi. Can also acquire pneumonia by inhaling a liquid or chemical.
An abnormal build up of fluid in the air sacs of the lungs, which leads to shortness of breath. It is usually caused by heart failure.
Respiratory Distress Syndrome, infant or adult (IRDS or ARDS)
Absence, impairment or removal of surfactant lining the alveoli of the lungs. Respiratory failure is immanent if not corrected.
Small Cell Lung Cancers or Oat Cell Carcinoma
Cells resemble oat grains under a microscope. Usually originates in the large, central bronchi . Spreads quickly! Prognosis not good due to lack of signs and symptoms until it is to late. Usually caused by smoking!
Squamous Cell Carcinomas
Begins in squamous cells -- thin, flat cells that look like fish scales under the microscope. Found in the tissue that forms the surface of the skin, the lining of hollow organs of the body, and the passages of the respiratory and digestive tracts.
Constitute 20-35% of all carcinomas.
A contagious bacterial infection (Mycobacterium) that mainly involves the lungs, but may spread to other organs. *An invasive, debilitating infection caused by the acid-fast organism.
Undifferentiated Large Cell Carcinomas
Aggressive tumors distinguished by absence of squamous or glandular differentiation by light microscopy and exibiting large tumor cells arranged in monotonous fields with moderate cytomplasm coarse peripherally clumped chromatin and prominent nuclei.
Lung Scans, Perfusion, or Ventilation
Involves two nuclear scan tests. These test are inhaled and injected radioactive material (radioisotopes) to measure breathing (ventilation) and circulation (perfussion) in all areas of the lungs. *Used in identifying COPD
Hiatal Hernia Repair
Surgery to repair a bulging of stomach tissue through the muscle between the abdomen and chest (diaphram) into the chest.
Double Lumen Endotracheal Tube
Allows anesthesia to ventilate non-operative lung and to collapse operative lung, aiding surgeon's vision.
Traditional Endotracheal Tube
Single Lumen tube used for intubation once thoracic procedure is completed.
Formed by 16-20 C-shaped rings of hyaline cartilage with a strong layer of transverse smooth muscle within the dorsal wall and lined with mucous membrane.
Intrapleural air spaces that occur when the elastic fibers in the alveoli have been stretched beyond the breaking point.
Emphysematous air spaces covered by a thin membrane made of visceral pleura and connective tissue as well as fine blood vessels. They must be larger than 1cm in diameter.
A flexible plasitic tube inserted through the mouth and down into the trachea (airway). Used to ventilate the lungs.
A single or double lumen tube with an inflatable cuff at the distal end that, after being passed through the larynx and trachea, is positioned so that ventilation is restricted to one lung.
Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA)
Preferred for flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy performed under general anesthesia or topical anesthesia for critically ill patients.
Ventilator or Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing Machine (IPPB)
Improves patient ventilation; used most commonly for rigid bronchoscopy in anesthetized and paralyzed patients.
Tetracycline & Doxycycline
Antibiotic agents instilled in thoracic cavity for patients with recurring pleural effusion.
Anti - Neoplastics
Instilled to promote post-surgical fibrosis: Bleomycin Sulfate (Blenoxane), Fluorouracil, Thiotepa or Uracil Mustard.
Elevators and Raspatories
Cutting and dissecting instruments used to free, cut, strip periosteum from the bone or smooth bone surfaces.
Cutting instruments used to remove a rib or rib segment. (Bethune, Gierty, Gluck, Shoemaker, Sauerbauch)
Exposing instrument used to spread thoracic cavity bones and tissues. (Burford-Finochietto, Finochietto, Tuffier)
Posterolateral Thoracotomy Incision
Made over the rib or intercostal space and may or may not involve rib resection.
Anterolateral Thoracotomy Incision
Inframammary incision over the 2nd or 3rd interspace from the anterior midline or sternal border to midaxillary line.
Median Sternotomy Incision
Made over the length of the sternum from gladiolus to xiphoid process, used for mediastinal surgery such as thymectomy. *Requires transection of the sternum with powered saw.
Extends from axilla to abdominal midline, running parallel to the selected intercostal space (commonly 6th, 7th, or 8th) and may extend to the posterior axillary line from within the thoracic cavity.
Cystic and pulmonary involve an abnormal proliferation of fibrous connective tissue, replacing normal tissue.