Minithoracoscopy: a complementary technique for medical thoracoscopy

Respiration. 2011;82(2):204-6. doi: 10.1159/000324072. Epub 2011 Mar 26.


Minithoracoscopy, currently defined as thoracoscopy with instruments of a diameter between 2 and 5 mm, is part of the general evolution of endoscopy towards mini-invasiveness. Its most relevant indications in the field of medical thoracoscopy are small effusions, pleural effusions in patients with narrow intercostal spaces and suspected tuberculous pleurisy in areas of low incidence of tuberculosis. In general, it increases the versatility of medical thoracoscopy.

MeSH terms

  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Pleural Effusion / surgery*
  • Thoracoscopy / instrumentation
  • Thoracoscopy / methods*
  • Tuberculosis, Pleural / surgery