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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 5 (1998), Issue 4, Pages 253-254
Brief Report

Minithoracoscopy for Pleural Effusions

RA Malthaner and RI Inculet

Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, The University of Western Ontario, London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, Canada

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The current management of pleural disease often requires direct visualization and biopsy of the pleural space using thoracoscopy. A diagnostic and therapeutic approach to pleural disease is described that uses a new 2 mm rigid thorascope. The technique allows complete visualization, biopsy and drainage of the pleural space with rapid recovery and minimal pain.