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Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2007 Jun;15(3):238-9.

Definitive management of advanced empyema by two-window video-assisted surgery.

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Department of Surgery, Papworth Hospital, Papworth Everard, Cambridge, CB3 8RE, United Kingdom. andrewdrain@doctors.org.uk

Abstract

We describe how 2-window video-assisted thoracoscopic decortication and lung mobilization can provide definitive management of stage III empyema. This technique was used in 52 patients with stage III empyema. None required additional ports or a thoracotomy. Three patients (6%) needed computed tomography-guided drainage of persistent large loculi, but none required further surgery. Chest radiographs at 6 weeks after surgery confirmed full lung expansion and resolution of pleural collection in the other 49 patients (94%).

PMID:
17540995
DOI:
10.1177/021849230701500313
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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