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Oto O., Hazan E., Acikel U., Silistrelli E., Ugurlu B., Catalyurek H., Sariomanoglu N.
From the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Dokuz Eylül Medical Faculty, Izmir, Turkey
In April and May 1996, two cases of PDA ligation were performed firstly in Turkey by the method of video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in Dokuz Eylül Medical Faculty, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Department. There was not any complication in these patients in the postoperative period and they were discharged on the second day in symptom-free condition by the detection of closed ductus in their echocardiographic examination. Between February 1993 and October 1996, a total of 46 patients have undergone interventional application by VATS. While in six of these patients the procedure could not be manipulated because of massive pleural fibrosis, there was no mortality or morbidity among the patients, and they were discharged on average on the second day. The ratio of complications, such as bleeding, air leak, arrhythmia and empyema are so low in these operations, and hospital stay, with return to work time are shorter than with the open technique.