Thoracoscopy in the diagnosis and management of recurrent pleural effusions

Ann Thorac Surg. 1991 Nov;52(5):1145-7. doi: 10.1016/0003-4975(91)91298-a.


Between April 1984 and July 1988, 102 patients with persistent or recurrent pleural effusions investigated by conventional methods in whom a diagnosis had not been achieved were submitted to thoracoscopy under general anesthesia. A positive diagnosis was obtained in 80.3% of the patients. The procedure was well tolerated, and although some of these were seriously ill patients, there were no procedure-related deaths.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia, General
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pleural Effusion / etiology*
  • Pleural Effusion / therapy
  • Pleural Effusion, Malignant / diagnosis*
  • Pleural Effusion, Malignant / therapy
  • Recurrence
  • Suction
  • Thoracoscopy*