Pulmonary metastasectomy for children with malignant tumors

UPR School of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Health Science Center.
Boletín de la Asociación Médica de Puerto Rico 11/2012; 104(3):35-40.
Source: PubMed


In children with primary solid malignant tumors the most frequent site of metastasis is usally the lung. Pulmonary metastasectomy is part of the standard of care in adult malignancies but its role in pediatric patients has been poor characterized. This review article discusses the benefits, outcomes according tumor histology, selection criteria, adjuvant therapies and surgical techniques employed in the resection of pulmonary metastases in children with malignant tumors.

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