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Chirurgia 2003 February;16(1):1-4

language: Italian

Evolution and role of diagnostic surgical techniques in thoracic diseases

Jougon J., Minniti A., Delcambre F., MacBride T., Dromer C., Velly J. F.


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Aim. To study the evolution of surgical procedures in general thoracic surgery after the introduction of video assisted surgery.
Methods. A retrospective analysis of surgical procedures performed for diagnosis between 1991 and 1999 in the same center is presented. All endoscopic procedures are excluded.
Results. Mediastinoscopy was the main surgical diagnostic approach. Anterior mediastinotomy seems to be replaced by video assisted thoracoscopy.
Conclusions. A good management of traditional surgical indications has been adapted to these new technologies. A specification of each approach is presented.

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