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Chest. 2001 Jan;119(1):277-80.

Video-assisted thoracoscopic sterilization for exacerbation of chronic empyema thoracis.

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Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Showa University Fujigaoka Hospital, Yokohama, Japan.

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the efficacy of video-assisted thoracoscopic sterilization to treat patients with exacerbation of chronic empyema thoracis.

DESIGN:

Case reports and literature review.

SETTING:

Academic department of surgery.

PATIENTS:

Two elderly, debilitated patients with worsening, chronic empyema thoracis as diagnosed by radiographs, CT, and thoracentesis. Both patients had a history of therapeutic pneumothorax for tuberculosis without bronchopleural fistulas.

INTERVENTIONS:

Video-assisted thoracoscopic sterilization of the thoracic cavity.

MEASUREMENTS AND RESULTS:

There was no recurrence of empyema during a 6-year follow-up period for one patient and a 2.5-year follow-up period for the other patient.

CONCLUSIONS:

Video-assisted thoracoscopic sterilization is a minimally invasive useful treatment for elderly or debilitated patients with exacerbation of chronic empyema thoracis.

PMID:
11157615
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