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Pleurectomy decortication in the treatment of the "trapped lung" in benign and malignant pleural effusions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23206717     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Trapped lung is defined by the inability of the lung to expand and fill the thoracic cavity because of a restricting "peel." This restriction may be secondary to a benign inflammatory or fibrotic cortex or to a malignant visceral pleural tumor. This condition has a significant impact on the patient's quality of life by causing dyspnea. This article discusses the role of surgery in relieving the trapped lung, including decortication in benign disease and pleurectomy in malignant disease. The surgical approaches of video-assisted thoracoscopy and thoracotomy are contrasted and the future potential for surgical trials in this condition is outlined.
Sridhar Rathinam; David A Waller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Thoracic surgery clinics     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1547-4127     ISO Abbreviation:  Thorac Surg Clin     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101198195     Medline TA:  Thorac Surg Clin     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  51-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Glenfield Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester, Groby Road, Leicester, LE3 9QP, UK. Electronic address:
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