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Ann Thorac Surg. 2001 Feb;71(2):452-4.

Efficacy study of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery pleurodesis for spontaneous pneumothorax.

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Thoracic Surgical Unit, Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study aims to assess the efficacy of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery pleurodesis in the treatment of spontaneous pneumothorax with particular reference to the rate of recurrence after abrasion pleurodesis and postoperative neuralgia.

METHODS:

One hundred one patients who underwent 109 video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery pleurodesis procedures in the Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre between January 1992 and June 1998 were identified from a computerized database. The follow-up period was from 8 months to 7 years and 1 month (mean, 44.4 months). Patients were telephoned and asked as to whether recurrence occurred, and if so, when it occurred and how it was treated. They were asked to grade their current pain level from 0 to 6.

RESULTS:

Eighty-two patients were contacted, corresponding to 88 video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery pleurodesis procedures that were followed up (80.7%). There were five recurrences (5.7%). The pain level was rated as 0 in 64 cases (72.7%), 1 in 27 cases (23.9%), 2 in 1 case (1.1%), and 3 in 2 cases (2.3%).

CONCLUSIONS:

These data suggest that video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery pleurodesis is a valid alternative to thoracotomy with pleurectomy for treatment of spontaneous pneumothorax with an acceptable recurrence rate and minimal amount of postoperative neuralgia.

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PMID:
11235687
DOI:
10.1016/s0003-4975(00)02446-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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