What is the role of a medical thoracoscopy (pleuroscopy) in the treatment of pneumothorax?

Updated: Apr 18, 2019
  • Author: Rajiv Malhotra, DO, MS, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Pneumothorax

Medical thoracoscopy can offer definitive treatment or diagnostic inspection of a patient with a recurrent pneumothorax. In patients who are not candidates for video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, pleural abrasion or talc pleurodesis can be performed. For patients suitable for video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, bullectomy, pleural abrasion, and pleurectomy in the operating room are superior and preferred. [15]


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