Rigid and semirigid pleuroscopy: the future is bright

Respirology. 2005 Sep;10(4):418-25. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2005.00737.x.


Pleuroscopy provides the pulmonologist with a unique opportunity to visualize the contents of the pleural space, perform biopsy of the parietal pleura under direct visual guidance, allow optimal chest tube placement and perform pleurodesis to prevent recurrent pleural effusion or pneumothorax in selected patients. We discuss the techniques, indications, contraindications and complications of pleuroscopy using rigid and semirigid instruments. In addition, the potential value and expanding role of pleuroscopy with semirigid instrumentation is debated.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Contraindications
  • Equipment Design / trends
  • Humans
  • Pleural Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Pleural Diseases / therapy*
  • Thoracoscopes*
  • Thoracoscopy / adverse effects
  • Thoracoscopy / methods*