Thoracoscopic localization of intraparenchymal pulmonary nodules using direct intracavitary thoracoscopic ultrasonography prevents conversion of VATS procedures to thoracotomy in selected patients.

@article{Khereba2012ThoracoscopicLO,
  title={Thoracoscopic localization of intraparenchymal pulmonary nodules using direct intracavitary thoracoscopic ultrasonography prevents conversion of VATS procedures to thoracotomy in selected patients.},
  author={Mohamed Khereba and Pasquale Ferraro and Andr{\'e} C. Duranceau and Jocelyne Martin and Eric Goudie and Vicky Thiffault and Moishe Liberman},
  journal={The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  year={2012},
  volume={144 5},
  pages={1160-5}
}
OBJECTIVES To investigate the feasibility, accuracy, and effect on conversion rates of intracavitary video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery ultrasonography (VATS-US) for localization of difficult to visualize pulmonary nodules. METHODS The study consisted of a prospective cohort of VATS-US for localization of intraparenchymal peripheral pulmonary nodules. Patients with pulmonary nodules not touching the visceral pleura on the computed tomography scan, who were scheduled for VATS wedge resection… CONTINUE READING