Presenter: Kanika A Bowen-Jallow, MD
Authors: Mollie S Ahn, BA, MBA; Kanika A Bowen-Jallow, MD; University of Texas Medical Branch
Congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM) and bronchopulmonary sequestrations (BPS) are the most common congenital lung malformation typically located intrathoracic predominantly affecting the lower lobes. Although these lesions can potentially be managed nonoperatively, surgical excision provides the benefit of a definitive historical diagnosis and is certainly indicated when symptoms are associated. Open resection is the most common approach for removal of intraabdominal BPS lesions; however, laparoscopy has been used in recent years. We present two successful cases of laparoscopic resection of intraabdominal extralobar BPS (IEBPS). Laparoscopic excision is a less invasive treatment with shorter recovery time, minimal narcotic usage, and avoids associated complications, such as infection and malignant degeneration. As evidenced by the cases discussed here, the laparoscopic approach is safe and feasible and should be considered when managing congenital lung malformations.