Thoracoscopic management of empyema thoracis

Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Journal of Minimal Access Surgery (Impact Factor: 0.81). 10/2007; 3(4):141-8. DOI: 10.4103/0972-9941.38908
Source: PubMed


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.

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