What is the role of intubation in the surgical resection of tumors of the mediastinum?

Updated: Feb 16, 2021
  • Author: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Standard single-lumen endotracheal intubation is appropriate for resections performed via the median sternotomy approach. Use of a double-lumen endotracheal tube for single lung ventilation is preferable for those procedures performed through a thoracotomy incision and for all procedures performed using video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS).


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