Thoracoscopic technique for management of giant bullous lung disease.

@article{Wakabayashi1993ThoracoscopicTF,
  title={Thoracoscopic technique for management of giant bullous lung disease.},
  author={Akio Wakabayashi},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={1993},
  volume={56 3},
  pages={
          708-12
        }
}
Giant bullae of the lungs are readily recognizable on plain chest x-ray films and are rare. Only 17 of more than 500 cases of thoracoscopic treatment of bullous lung disease over the past 3 years involved giant bullae, which included both types 1 and 4. Type 1 bullae have smooth internal lining without trabeculae and type 4 have trabeculae. The indications were dyspnea in 10 cases, spontaneous pneumothorax in 6, and infection in 1. The mean age of the patients was 55 years. Five patients were… CONTINUE READING

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