Accuracy of transthoracic ultrasound for the detection of pleural adhesions.

@article{Cassanelli2012AccuracyOT,
  title={Accuracy of transthoracic ultrasound for the detection of pleural adhesions.},
  author={Nicola Cassanelli and Guido Caroli and Giampiero Dolci and Andrea Dell'amore and Giulia Luciano and Alessandro Bini and Franco Stella},
  journal={European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery},
  year={2012},
  volume={42 5},
  pages={
          813-8; discussion 818
        }
}
OBJECTIVES In the era of minimally invasive surgery, preoperative detection of pleural adhesions can be very useful for the assessment of surgical approach, because pleural adhesions are the main contraindication to video-assisted thoracoscopy. The aim of this study was to assess the sensitivity and specificity of transthoracic ultrasound in the detection of pleural adhesions prior to thoracic surgery. METHODS From February 2010 to January 2011, 142 consecutive patients (male, 98; female, 44… CONTINUE READING
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