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- Comparative Studies Using a Rigid Thoracoscope and Fiberoptic Bronchoscope to Iteat Spontaneous Pneumothorax (3)

Comparative Studies Using a Rigid Thoracoscope and Fiberoptic Bronchoscope to Iteat Spontaneous Pneumothorax (3)All 17 patients improved and were discharged. Only 3 (17 percent) of the 17 patients experienced a recurrence of spontaneous pneumothorax at 1 month, 5 months, and 4 years after treatment, respectively. The range of the period of observation was 20 to 72 months, with an average of 51 months. Consequently, when therapy was successful, the rate of recurrence was low. Only 13 cases (16 percent) required thoracotomy, which was a 50 percent reduction in frequency compared to our experience over a four-year period prior to the use of a rigid thoracoscope; however, the success rate for the 17 of 31 cases which did not respond to conservative therapy was only 55 percent.

The results of rigid thoracoscopy for the 31 patients with spontaneous pneumothorax are summarized in the following tabulation listing numbers of cases (numbers within parentheses are percentages):
Successful healing with coagulation    17 (55)
Unsuccessful Cases of visible blebs
Multiple or giant blebs (or both)    5 (16)
Cases of invisible blebs
Due to pleural adhesion    6 (19)
Due to vertical septum side    3 (10)
Total    31 (100)

June 10, 2013 Rigid Thoracoscope
Tags: conservative therapies rigid thoracoscope spontaneous pneumothorax thrombin solutions