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Ultrasound effectively guides surgeons during medical thoracoscopy

from Healio

The use of ultrasonography helped experienced surgeons identify intrathoracic adhesions and guided medical thoracoscopy access even when pleural effusion was absent, according to study results. “Lesions of the pleura in absence of pleural effusion are usually studied with video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in the operating room, under general anesthesia and one-lung ventilation,” Giampietro Marchetti, M.D., of Spedali Civili di Brescia in Italy, and colleagues wrote. more

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