Microthoracoscopy: at the cutting edge of thoracic surgery

J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 1997 Oct;7(5):313-8. doi: 10.1089/lap.1997.7.313.


Two 2-mm microthoracoscopies were performed using two ports (Minisite 2-mm disposable introducer and Minisite 2-mm 0 degrees laparoscope; U.S. Surgical Corporation, Norwalk, CT). A 47-year-old man with multiple bilateral pleural lesions had a right diagnostic 2-mm microthoracoscopy and multiple microthoracoscopic biopsies. He was discharged the next day with minimal discomfort and returned to work the following day. The second patient was a 74-year-old woman, 10 years after left radical mastectomy for carcinoma, with a multitude of medical problems and a right recurrent pleural effusion. She underwent a right diagnostic 2-mm microthoracoscopy, multiple microthoracoscopic biopsies, and electrocoagulation pleurodesis. She was not discharged because of concurrent conditions. She had no disability and no pain whatsoever from the procedure.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Biopsy
  • Endoscopes*
  • Endoscopy / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microsurgery / instrumentation*
  • Microsurgery / methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Pleural Diseases / pathology
  • Pleural Diseases / surgery*
  • Thoracoscopes*
  • Thoracoscopy / methods