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Intrathoracoscopic localization techniques. Review of literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16703435     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Several techniques for localizing pulmonary nodules have been described, but the advantages and disadvantages of each method remain unclear. We reviewed ultrasound, endofinger, finger palpation and wait and watch, radioguided, vital dye, fluoroscopic, agar marking, and needle wire methods for localizing pulmonary nodules. METHODS: Original, peer-reviewed, and full-length articles in English were searched with PubMed and ISI Web of Sciences. Case reports and case series with less than 10 patients were excluded. RESULTS: All localization techniques showed good reliability, but some carry a high rate of major or minor complications and drawbacks. CONCLUSION: No ideal localization technique is available; thus, the choice still depends on surgeon's preference and local availability of both specialists and instruments.
D Sortini; C Feo; K Maravegias; P Carcoforo; E Pozza; A Liboni; A Sortini
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2006-05-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Surgical endoscopy     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1432-2218     ISO Abbreviation:  Surg Endosc     Publication Date:  2006 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-21     Completed Date:  2006-10-12     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8806653     Medline TA:  Surg Endosc     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1341-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgical, Anaesthesiological, and Radiological Sciences, University of Ferrara, Giovecca 203, 44100, Ferrara, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Solitary Pulmonary Nodule / diagnosis*
Thoracoscopy / methods*

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