What is the role of ventilation/perfusion scans in the workup of small cell lung cancer (SCLC)?

Updated: Sep 12, 2019
  • Author: Abid Irshad, MD; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Infrequently, when surgery is being considered in the treatment of a peripheral SCLC with limited disease, lung ventilation/perfusion scanning is sometimes helpful for surgical planning to assess the respiratory reserve and perfusion distribution after lobectomy or pneumonectomy.


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