Transpleural lung biopsy by the thoracoscopic route in patients with diffuse interstitial pulmonary disease.

Abstract

Thoracoscopy was carried out in 81 cases of diffuse pulmonary disease in order to obtain lung tissue for biopsy. After we established artificial pneumothorax, the thoracoscope was introduced under local anesthesia, multiple biopsy specimens (theta 3 mm) were obtained under visual control, and an underwater sealed drain was left in place. The method was used… (More)

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