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Table 2 Pathological types, postoperative pathologic staging and postoperative complications of the two groups of patients

From: Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery is more favorable than thoracotomy for administration of adjuvant chemotherapy after lobectomy for non-small cell lung cancer

  VATS
n = 54
Thoracotomy
n = 56
p value
Operation time (min) 192.0 ± 45.0 238.0 ± 63.7 <0.001*
Blood loss (ml) 225.4 ± 165.1 425.4 ± 261.3 <0.001*
No. of lymph node dissection 14.3 ± 8.8 13.0 ± 5.5 0.245
Chest tube duration (days) 8.0 ± 2.8 9.6 ± 4.4 0.025*
Postoperative length of stay (days) 10.8 ± 3.7 12.5 ± 4.8 0.043*
Complications, no. (%)    
   Pneumonia 2(3.7) 5 (8.9) 0.438
   Atrial fibrillation 1 (1.9) 7 (12.5) 0.061
   Prolonged air leak >7days 0 (0.0) 4 (7.1) 0.118
   Others 3 (5.6) 6 (10.7) 0.490
Tumor size (cm) 3.3 ± 1.4 3.8 ± 1.6 0.071
Pathological types, no. (%)    <0.001*
   Adenocarcinoma 44(81.5) 24(42.9)  
   Squamous cell carcinoma 8(14.8) 31(55.4)  
   Others 2(3.7) 1(1.8)  
Pathologic staging, no. (%)    0.087
   Ib 26 (48.1) 21 (37.5)  
   II 7(13.0) 17 (30.4)  
   III 21(38.9) 18 (32.1)