Thoracic shaping technique to avoid residual space after extended pleurectomy/decortication.


Extended pleurectomy/decortication or radical pleurectomy is defined as a lung-sparing surgical procedure for malignant pleural mesothelioma. A significant size mismatch between the thoracic cavity and the reduced size of the remaining lung might occur as a result of multiple resections at different sites and lead to residual thoracic space. Residual thoracic space and significant air leakage might result in postoperative complications. A simple technique of diaphragm reconstruction to avoid the residual thoracic space and to reduce the incidence of postoperative complications is described.

DOI: 10.1093/ejcts/ezt082

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@article{Blkbas2013ThoracicST, title={Thoracic shaping technique to avoid residual space after extended pleurectomy/decortication.}, author={Servet B{\"{o}l{\"{u}kbas and Michael Eberlein and Joachim Schirren}, journal={European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery}, year={2013}, volume={44 3}, pages={563-4} }