Treatment of sonographically stratified multiloculated thoracic empyema by medical thoracoscopy.

@article{Brutsche2005TreatmentOS,
  title={Treatment of sonographically stratified multiloculated thoracic empyema by medical thoracoscopy.},
  author={Martin H. Brutsche and Gian-Franco Tassi and S{\'a}ndor Gy{\"o}rik and Marlon G{\"o}kcimen and Christophe Renard and Alberto Valsecchi and J. M. Tschopp},
  journal={Chest},
  year={2005},
  volume={128 5},
  pages={3303-9}
}
INTRODUCTION In cases of empyema, some form of intervention, either chest tube drainage, thoracoscopy, video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), or thoracotomy, with or without pleural fibrinolysis, is required. What the best approach is and when and how to intervene is a matter of debate. STUDY OBJECTIVE To analyze the safety and outcome of medical thoracoscopy in the treatment of multiloculated empyema. METHODS We report a retrospective series of 127 patients with thoracic empyema treated… CONTINUE READING