Unilateral video-assisted thoracic surgical lung reduction.

  title={Unilateral video-assisted thoracic surgical lung reduction.},
  author={Keith S. Naunheim and Cesar Ariel Keller and Peter E. Krucylak and Anurag Singh and Gregg Ruppel and John Osterloh},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  volume={61 4},
BACKGROUND Lung reduction has been demonstrated to be a promising treatment for end-stage emphysema when performed on both lungs via sternotomy. The role for a thoracoscopic approach has not yet been determined. METHODS Unilateral video-assisted thoracic surgical lung reduction was performed on 50 patients for the treatment of end-stage emphysema. There were 34 men and 16 women with a mean age of 61.5 years (range, 31 to 78 years). Emphysema was secondary to smoking in 45 patients (90%), and… CONTINUE READING


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