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J Minim Access Surg. 2007 Oct;3(4):141-8. doi: 10.4103/0972-9941.38908.

Thoracoscopic management of empyema thoracis.

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  • 1Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA.

Abstract

Appropriate management of empyema thoracis is dependent upon a secure diagnosis of the etiology of empyema and the phase of development. Minimal access surgery using video-assisted thoracoscopy (VATS) is one of many useful techniques in treating empyema. Complex empyema requires adjunctive treatment in addition to VATS.

KEYWORDS:

Empyema; video-assisted thoracoscopy

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19789675
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PMCID:
PMC2749197
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