Article Abstract

Whack-a-mole strategy for multifocal ground glass opacities of the lung

Authors: Kenji Suzuki


Ground glass opacity (GGO) is a good prognostic indicator for lung cancer and is useful for physicians to predict prognosis. Due to recent advances in computed tomography (CT), the chance to encounter GGO is rapidly increasing in clinical practice. Based on the studies on radiological pathological correlation, GGO represents pathological lepidic growth and consolidation on CT represents pathologically invasive components. Thus, consolidation tumor ratio 0.5 or less means pathological less invasiveness for lung cancer. Not a few studies have shown that sublobar resection is equivalent to lobectomy for radiological early lung cancers. Additionally, observation of GGO is one of the options for physicians. Indication of surgical intervention remains unclear. Physician observing GGO in practice should know the natural history of GGO to reach an optimal treatment decision. For multifocal GGO lesions clinical management is surely challenging. Whack-a-mole strategy, which means sublobar resection for radiological invasive cancer is one of the most promising strategies for such lesions.