Pleuroscopy for diagnosis and therapy for pleural effusions.

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Pleuroscopy for diagnosis and therapy for pleural effusions.

Chest. 2010 Nov;138(5):1242-6

Authors: Michaud G, Berkowitz DM, Ernst A

Pleuroscopy, also known as medical thoracoscopy, is a minimally invasive procedure to inspect and perform a biopsy of the pleural space as well as to perform therapeutic interventions. It differs from conventional video-assisted thoracic surgery in that it may be performed under moderate sedation in the endoscopy suite without the need for intubation or single-lung ventilation. The diagnostic accuracy of this procedure approaches 100% in malignant and tuberculous pleural effusions. Complication rates are low (2%-5%) and are typically minor (subcutaneous emphysema, bleeding, infection), with mortality rates <0.1%. Therapeutic interventions, such as chemical pleurodesis, may be performed during pleuroscopy for recurrent, symptomatic malignant pleural effusions, with success rates approaching 90%. In trained hands, pleuroscopy is a safe and well-tolerated procedure with high diagnostic accuracy and therapeutic efficacy.

PMID: 21051401 [PubMed - in process]

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