Management of lung nodules newly found by virtual-assisted l
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A 64-year-old woman with a history of renal cell carcinoma presented with two pulmonary nodules suspicious of metastases from renal cell carcinoma. Because we anticipated that the nodules would be difficult to palpate intraoperatively, we performed virtual-assisted lung mapping prior to attempting to resect them. Computed tomography after mapping unexpectedly detected two additional nodules. Although the existing markings did not relate to the newly found nodules, we used imaginary auxiliary lines and anatomical landmarks to extend the lung map to incorporate the unexpected nodules. The additional nodules were successfully resected by thoracoscopic wedge resection. Pathologic examination identified all nodules as metastases from renal cell carcinoma, and the surgical margins were negative...

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