Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2005; 53(5): 318-320
DOI: 10.1055/s-2005-865604
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VATS Decortication in Patients with Stage 3 Empyema

G. Olgac1 , M. Fazlioglu1 , C. A. Kutlu1
  • 1Yedikule Hospital for Chest Diseases and Chest Surgery, Istanbul, Turkey
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Publication History

Received July 20, 2004

Publication Date:
06 October 2005 (online)


We present here a technique for VATS decortication in patients with stage 3 empyema. It was undertaken with satisfactory outcomes in a limited number of patients. In our technique, the fibrous peel at the surface of the lung is completely removed via two or three incisions without parietal decortication. We believe that our technique will be improved with increased experience and may be an alternative to open thoracotomy and decortication in a selected group of stage 3 empyema patients.


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