The use of single incision thoracoscopic pleurectomy in the management of malignant pleural effusion.

Kara M., Alzafer S., Okur E. , Halezeroglu S.

Acta chirurgica Belgica, vol.113, no.4, pp.270-4, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 113 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00015458.2013.11680926
  • Title of Journal : Acta chirurgica Belgica
  • Page Numbers: pp.270-4


Background : A number of procedures have been used in the management of malignant pleural effusion including repeated thoracentesis, tube thoracostomy, drainage with catheter, chemical pleurodesis, pleurectorny and pleuro-peritoneal shunt. However, the optimal method of management remains unclear. On the other hand, single incision thoracoscopic surgery has been defined as a less invasive method than the standard threeportal videothoracoscopy. We herein present our series of patients who underwent single incision thoracoscopic pleurectomy for malignant pleural effusion.