Lymphatics of the Mediastinum, Esophagus and Lungs: Thoracic Surgeon's Point of ViewCiprian Bolca*
Thoracic Surgery Division, “Marius Nasta” National Institute of Pneumology, București, Romania
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ciprian Bolca, MD, PhD
Thoracic Surgery Division
“Marius Nasta” National Institute of Pneumology
București, Soseaua Viilor 90, sector 5
București, RO-050159, Romania
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Received Date: January 27, 2014; Accepted Date: December February 20, 2014; Published Date: September 20, 2014
Citation: Bolca C. Lymphatics of the Mediastinum, Esophagus and Lungs: Thoracic Surgeon’s Point of View. Journal of Surgery [Jurnalul de chirurgie] 2014; 10(2): 113-115 DOI: 10.7438/1584-9341-10-2-1.
Copyright: © 2014 Bolca C. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The anatomy of the thoracic lymphatic system is very complex and not completely known yet. Thoracic malignancies, especially lung and esophageal cancers, are rapidly increasing as incidence. A good knowledge of the thoracic lymphatic system is very important in staging, diagnosis and treatment of these malignancies. The complete lymphadenectomy has a crucial role in both to achieve a correct postoperative stage and a complete resection of pathologic tissue. The article is a glimpse on the lymphatic anatomy of the thorax, as it should be known by surgeons involved in thoracic oncology.