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A lobectomy is the removal of a lobe, or section, of the lung.

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The animation explains how the lungs provide oxygen to and remove carbon dioxide from the blood. The specialized anatomy of the air sac in the lung allows the gas exchange to occur efficiently, as discussed and shown in the video.

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A lobectomy is the removal of a lobe, or section, of the lung.


Lobectomies are performed to prevent the spread of cancer to other parts of the lung or other parts of the body, as well as to treat patients with such noncancerous diseases as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, which cause airway obstruction.

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