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Thoracoscopy in the diagnosis of pleural effusion.

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Thorax
0040-6376
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BMJ
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  • Research Article
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  • Medicine

Abstract

The technique, indications, and complications of diagnostic thoracoscopy are described. Two hundred and eight explorations have been performed in our service in the last seven years. From 137 pleural malignancies we have obtained an unequivocal positive biopsy in 129 (94%) with a minimum number of complications and no mortality. From our experience we conclude that thoracoscopy, when porperly performed, is diagnostic in most pleural conditions. Images

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