Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

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Mini-thoracostomy with vacuum-assisted closure: a minimally invasive alternative to open-window thoracostomy

Minipleurostomia com curativo a vácuo: uma opção minimamente invasiva a pleurostomia

Alessandro Wasum Mariani1,a, João Bruno Ribeiro Machado Lisboa1,b, Guilherme de Abreu Rodrigues1,c, Ester Moraes Avila2,d, Ricardo Mingarini Terra1,e, Paulo Manuel Pêgo-Fernandes1,f

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(3):227-230

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Thoracostomy is a common treatment option for patients with stage III pleural empyema who do not tolerate pulmonary decortication. However, thoracostomy is considered mutilating because it involves a thoracic stoma, the closure of which can take years or require further surgery. A new, minimally invasive technique that uses the vacuum-assisted closure has been proposed as an alternative to thoracostomy. This study aims to analyze the safety and effectiveness of mini-thoracostomy with vacuum-assisted closure in an initial sample of patients.

 


Keywords: Infection; Empyema, pleural; Negative-pressure wound therapy; Thoracostomy.

 


 

 


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