In seven patients with pleuro-pulmonary infiltrates without pleural effusion, an artificial pneumothorax was induced, followed by diagnostic thoracoscopy, as the first and only invasive investigation; in all cases the diagnosis was confirmed by this simple procedure. The method has a low mortality correlated to other alternative diagnostic methods.
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