Topic: Thoracoscopy

Role of Early Thorocascopy in the Penetrating Wounds of the Chest

Non life-threatening penetrating wounds of the thorax(PCW) can be treated by tube thoracostomy(TT)alone, but incomplete removal of clots can delay recovery and lead to the development of empyema. We hypothesized that use of early thoracoscopy (TS), within 48 hours, will reduce empyema and missed diaphragmatic injuries(DI).Method: We performed a retrospective chart review of 82 stable […]

Compensatory Sweating After Thoroscopic Sympathectomy- Outcome Study

Excessive sweating is a problem that affects 0.6% of the population. It is most prevalent in young adults. Since 1985 bilateral thoroscopic sympathectomy (ETS) has been available, being performed as an outpatient with minimal side effects. It is 98% effective in controlling hand sweating, but has a higher failure rate with severe compensatory sweating (CS) […]

Single-Port Video Assisted Thoracoscopy – Experience in a Community Teaching Hospital

SINGLE-PORT VIDEO ASSISTED THORACOSCOPY: EXPERIENCE IN A COMMUNITY TEACHING HOSPITALMatthew Campbell MD, Steven Reitz MD, Aaron Kulwicki MD, Dennis Tishko MD, David S. McCready MS. Mount Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, OhioBackground:Single-port video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (sVATS) is an alternative to conventional three-port thoracoscopy. Published reports in the literature have primarily consisted of small series from university […]

Thoracoscopic Enucleation of an Esophageal Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor

Introduction: Symptomatic gastrointestinal stromal tumors of the esophagus present a technical challenge with regards to their safe removal. Located within the muscularis propria, these tumors are not typically amenable to endoscopic resection. We describe the technique of thoracoscopic enucleation in a patient with a 3 cm esophageal gastrointestinal stromal tumor located in the middle esophagus. […]

Thoracoscopic Treatment of Spontaneous Pneumothorax

Objective: Prospective study to evaluate thoracoscopic treatment of spontaneous pneumothorax by bulla resection with pleurectomy or with pleura coagulation.Patients: From 1991 to 2007, 255 patients were included in this study. Indications were persistent bubbling (45.3%), recurrence (42.9%), opposite side pleurectomy (11.4%), opposite side pneumothorax (5.5%), haemopneumothorax (2.3%), bands (3.2%), huge bulla (2.7%), double sided pneumothorax […]

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