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Medical Thoracoscopy/Pleuroscopy


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Foreword by John F. Murray
A Manual Part
1. Introduction
1.1. Role of Medical Thoracoscopy/Pleuroscopy in Respiratory Medicine
1.2 History and Development of Thoracoscopy/Pleuroscopy
2. Differences between Medical Thoracoscopy/Pleuroscopy and Surgical Thoracoscopy/Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
2.1 Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
2.2 General Approach to VATS Procedures
2.3 Lung Procedures Performed with VATS
2.4 Pleural Procedures Performed with VATS
2.5 Esophageal Procedures Performed with VATS
2.6 Mediastinial Procedures Performed with VATS
2.7 Cervical Mediastinoscopy versus VATS
2.8 Anterior Mediastinotomy versus VATS
2.9 Summary
3. Indications for and Results of Medical Thoracoscopy / Pleuroscopy
3.1. Management of Pleural Effusions
3.2. The Place of Medical Thoracoscopy/Pleuroscopy in the Management of Pneumothorax
3.3. The Place of Medical Thoracoscopy/Pleuroscopy in the Diagnosis of Diffuse Lung Diseases
3.4. Medical Thoracoscopy/Pleuroscopy in Other Indications
4. Medical Thoracoscopy/Pleuroscopy in Children
5. Medical Thoracoscopy/Pleuroscopy in Animals
5.1 Use of Diagnosis and Treatment in Animals
5.2 Use of Research in Animals
5.3 Use for Teaching the Technique
6. Medical Thoracoscopy/Pleuroscopy in Research
6.1 Future Areas of Research
7. Clinical Prerequisites for Medical Thoracoscopy / Pleuroscopy
8. Contraindications
9. Complications and their Prevention
9.1 Pre-thoracoscopic/-pleuroscopic complications
9.2 Complications during Medical Thoracoscopy/Pleuroscopy
9.3 Post-Thoracoscopic/-pleuroscopic complications
10. Knowledge and Skills Required
10.1 Knowledge of Respiratory Diseases
10.2 Knowledge of thoracic Anatomy
10.3 Knowledge of the Pathophysiology of the Pleura
10.4 Skills
11. Techniques of Medical Thoracoscopy/
11.1. Endoscopy Room
11.2. Personnel
11.3. Equipment
11.4 Phases of Medical Thoracoscopy/Pleuroscopy
11.5 Performance of Rigid Thoracoscopy
11.6 Performance of Semirigid (Semiflexible) Pleuroscopy
11.7 Evaluation of Specimens
11.8 Technique of Thoracoscopic Talc Pleurodesis
11.9 Chest Tube Care
12. Documentation
13. Teaching Methods
13.1 Suggestions How to Learn the Technique
B Atlas Part
14. Malignant Pleural Effusions due to Lung Cancer
15. Pleural Effusions due to Diffuse Malignant Mesothelioma and Asbestos-related Pleural Diseases
16. Malignant Pleural Effusions Secondary to Metastatic Neoplasms
17. Pleural Effusions due to Malignant Lymphoma/Myeloproliferative Neoplasm
18. Tuberculous Pleural Effusions
19. Pleural Effusions of Other Origin
20. Pneumothorax
21. Diffuse Lung Diseases
22. Other Indications

About the Author

Associate Professor, Division of Respiratory and Critical Care, National University Hospital, Singapore


This very complete book is highly recommended to every fellow or pulmonologist who wants to learn thoracoscopy, and to every thoracoscopist who wants to keep up with recent developments and new techniques in the exciting field of diagnosis and treatment of pleural diseases.--Breathe

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