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Information for Parents

Congenital Lobar Emphysema

  • What is this disease?

    • Postnatal over distension of one or more lobes of a  lung, as a result of the collapse of bronchi leads to air trapping, compression of normal lungs and respiratory distress in newborn and children.

  • How it is diagnosed?

    • It is diagnosed by Chest X-ray in newborn. Sometimes, CECT is also needed.

  • How it is treated?

    • Treatment is surgical, in which the diseases part of lung is removed

  • When it should be operated?

    • The decision to operate will depend upon clinical condition at diagnosis. Mostly ,it needs to be operated on semi-urgent or urgent basis, as child normal lungs are being compressed by distended lobe of lung.

  • Are there other alternative methods of treatment?

    • Surgery is only modality available.

  • What all I need to know before my child surgery?

    • Read “All you need to know before your child's surgery” information booklet in website.

  • How is the surgery done?

    • Surgery is thoracotomy and Lobectomy. In this, the surgeon makes a cut over chest of the child and removes the abnormal lobe of lung. It is a major surgery and need support of Paediatric anaesthesia and NICU/PICU. After surgery, child is kept in ICU, sometimes on ventilator also.

  • Remarks

    • For more details of surgery, contact your surgeon

  • Related Photographs and videos

    • Few photographs of steps done by me  is given here for learning purposes

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