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Pneumonectomy scar. Pneumonectomy was here performed to remove an entire lung in order to treat a carcinoma of the bronchus. A long, curved incision is made under general anaesthesia, starting under the armpit and extending across the back following the line of the lower edge of the shoulder-blade. The muscles are cut through and the ribs spread apart to expose the lung. Arteries, veins and bronchi leading to the lung are divided and the lung is removed. A drainage tube is usually inserted into the space between the two layers of pleura and the incision is then stitched. The stitches are taken out after about 10 days.
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