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Videothoracoscopic Decortication For Chronic Tuberculous Pleuritis

Monday, November 8, 2010


This video demonstrates the technical details of videothoracoscopic parietal pleurectomy and decortication performed through three ports for tuberculosis empyema. The patient is a 24-year old male patient suffering from dyspnea. Five years earlier the patient presented with left sided pleural tuberculosis and was given anti-tuberculosis treatment, partially reducing the pleural effusion. Decortication was planned at that time however, the patient refused surgery and no intervention was performed. During the interim 5 years the disease became encapsulated causing the patient to suffer from dyspnea.


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