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AANA J. 1994 Apr;62(2):133-8.

Anesthesia for thoracoscopy: an overview.


Advances in technology have provided the means to reduce the length of stay for some surgical patients while offering increased quality of care. Videoscopic surgery is a rapidly expanding technology with increasing applications. When used in place of open thoracotomy, thoracoscopy offers the patient a less traumatic treatment modality. This procedure presents challenges to the anesthetist in choosing anesthetic technique, patient monitoring, and maintenance of cardiorespiratory function in the presence of pneumothorax and a variety of coexisting disease states.

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