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Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Volume 1, Issue 4, Pages 195-200
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/DTE.1.195

Diagnostic Thoracoscopy

1Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Canisius Wilhelmina Ziekenhuis, Postbus 9015, Nijmegen 6500 GS, The Netherlands
2Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Free University Hospital, De Boelelaan 1117, Amsterdam 1081 HV, The Netherlands
3Department of Surgery, Free University Hospital, De Boelelaan 1117, Amsterdam 1081 HV, The Netherlands

Received 15 August 1994; Accepted 9 November 1994

Copyright © 1995 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Since the introduction of video-imaging and endoscopic surgical interventions, there is a worldwide renewed interest in thoracoscopy. However, thoracoscopy for diagnosis of pleural and pulmonary disease has been performed for more than 30 years. An overview is presented here of the results and experiences in the past 3 decades of thoracoscopy for diagnosis of pulmonary and pleural disease. Thoracoscopy is a simple and safe method to obtain a diagnosis in case of pleural effusion, pleural mass, or interstitial lung disease. In most cases, it can be performed under local anaesthesia.