Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy / 1998 / Article

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Volume 4 |Article ID 627547 | https://doi.org/10.1155/DTE.4.177

Hans J. M. Smit, Franz M. N. H. Schramel, Tom G. Sutedja, Luud S. C. ter Laak-Uytenhaak, Marjolein H. Nannes-Pols, Pieter E. Postmus, "Video-Assisted Thoracoscopy is Feasible Under Local Anesthesia", Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy, vol. 4, Article ID 627547, 6 pages, 1998. https://doi.org/10.1155/DTE.4.177

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopy is Feasible Under Local Anesthesia

Received16 Jul 1997
Revised14 Nov 1997
Accepted01 Dec 1997


Video-assisted thoracoscopy (VAT) is usually performed under general anesthesia (GA). We performed an analysis to determine whether multithoracoport VAT under local anesthesia (LA) is feasible.Methods: Forty-five VAT under LA were performed in 34 men and 11 women (mean age 46.8 years) in the endoscopy room.Results: The waiting time for VAT under LA was 0.5–6h on working days. There were no major complications during or after the VAT. In 9 patients, pleural malignancy was diagnosed, and in 7 patients suspected malignancy was excluded. In 5 patients we found bacterial empyema, of whom 4 had diathermic adhesiolysis during VAT. In 4 patients, the clinical diagnosis was tuberculosis by exclusion, and in 2 patients no conclusive diagnosis could be drawn. VAT influenced treatment policy 15 times, and in 17 pneumothorax patients talc poudrage was performed during the procedure.Conclusion: VAT under LA is safe, effective, logistically simple, and requires no long waiting times. No conversion to GA was necessary.

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