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Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery: Complications and Management

  • Michael R. St. Jean
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Abstract

Since the first use of a thoracoscope by Hans Jacobaeus in the treatment of pleural adhesive disease as a result of artificial pneumothorax therapy for tuberculosis in 1910, the desire to access the hemithorax with minimal tissue damage and discomfort remained relatively unattainable until the advent of the laparoscopic revolution some 80 years later. The instrumentation and application of techniques utilized during the more common laparoscopic cholecystectomies and fundoplications saw renewed interest in a minimally invasive approach to thoracic diseases and conditions.

Keywords

Staple Line Tube Thoracostomy Single Lung Ventilation Chemical Pleurodesis Thoracoscopic Procedure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryNortheast Surgery of MaineBangorUSA

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