[Thoracoscopic operation of secondary spontaneous pneumothorax].

  title={[Thoracoscopic operation of secondary spontaneous pneumothorax].},
  author={Martin Huertgen and Jeff Buhr and Dieter Kluth},
  journal={Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift fur alle Gebiete der operativen Medizen},
  volume={66 10},
Since January 1990 we have treated 49 patients with spontaneous pneumothorax (35 primary and 14 secondary cases) by thoracoscopic operation. All patients entered a prospective trial. Those with secondary pneumothorax are discussed here. There have been no major complications. Conversion rate however has been high with 4/14 (29%). Three more patients (21%) not suitable for thoracotomy suffered from persistent air leaks. The other 7 patients needed postoperative drainage for less than 6 days in… CONTINUE READING

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