Advances in thoracoscopy: 100 years since Jacobaeus

Respiration. 2010;79(3):177-86. doi: 10.1159/000268617. Epub 2010 Jan 19.


Thoracoscopy provides the physician a window into the pleural space, and enables the biopsy of the parietal pleura under direct visual guidance, chest tube placement and pleurodesis for recurrent pleural effusions or pneumothoraces in selected patients. In this review, we discuss the advances that have been achieved in thoracoscopy since its inception more than a century ago.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia
  • Contraindications
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Pleural Diseases / therapy
  • Thoracoscopes
  • Thoracoscopy / adverse effects
  • Thoracoscopy / history*
  • Thoracoscopy / methods