Malignant pleural mesothelioma and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database: An analysis of surgical morbidity and mortality

Bryan M. Burt, Robert B. Cameron, Nathan M. Mollberg, Andrzej S. Kosinski, Paul H. Schipper, Joseph B. Shrager, Wickii T. Vigneswaran

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    Background To date, reported surgical morbidity and mortality for pleurectomy/decortication and extrapleural pneumonectomy performed for malignant pleural mesothelioma primarily represent the experience of a few specialized centers. For comparison, we examined early outcomes of pleurectomy/decortication and extrapleural pneumonectomy from a broader group of centers/surgeons participating in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons-General Thoracic Database. Methods All patients in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons-General Thoracic Database (version 2.081, representing 2009-2011) who underwent pleurectomy/decortication or extrapleural pneumonectomy for malignant pleural mesothelioma were identified. Patient characteristics, morbidity, mortality, center volume, and procedure were examined using univariable and multivariable analyses. Results A total of 225 patients underwent pleurectomy/decortication (n = 130) or extrapleural pneumonectomy (n = 95) for malignant pleural mesothelioma at 48 centers. Higher volumes of procedures (≤5/y) were performed at 3 pleurectomy/decortication and 2 extrapleural pneumonectomy centers. Patient characteristics were statistically equivalent between pleurectomy/decortication and extrapleural pneumonectomy groups, except those undergoing extrapleural pneumonectomy were younger (63.2 ± 7.8 years vs 68.3 ± 9.5 years; P <.001) and more likely to have received preoperative chemotherapy (30.1% vs 17.8%; P =.036). Major morbidity was greater after extrapleural pneumonectomy, including acute respiratory distress syndrome (8.4% vs 0.8%; P =.005), reintubation (14.7% vs 2.3%; P =.001), unexpected reoperation (9.5% vs 1.5%; P =.01), and sepsis (4.2% vs 0%; P =.03), as was mortality (10.5% vs 3.1%; P =.03). Multivariate analyses revealed that extrapleural pneumonectomy was an independent predictor of major morbidity or mortality (odds ratio, 6.51; P =.001). Compared with high-volume centers, increased acute respiratory distress syndrome was seen in low-volume centers performing extrapleural pneumonectomy (0% vs 12.5%; P =.05). Conclusions Extrapleural pneumonectomy is associated with greater morbidity and mortality compared with pleurectomy/decortication when performed by participating surgeons of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons-General Thoracic Database. Effects of center volume require further study.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)30-35
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jul 2014

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery
    • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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