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Quantitation of lung sealing in the survival swine model.
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PMID:  15017557     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: Small intercostal spaces and limited pleural space significantly limits the use of 12-mm stapling devices in pediatric thoracoscopic surgery. The goal of this study was to compare sealing of lung tissue by the 5-mm Ligasure (Valley Lab, Boulder, CO) device to a standard 12-mm Endo-GIA stapler (US Surgical, Norwalk, CT). METHODS: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval was obtained (#A3-02). Sixteen 10-kg female swine were divided between 2 survival surgical groups. Lung biopsy sections of the lingula were taken by 2 methods: group A, left anterolateral thoracotomy employing a 12-mm Endo-GIA stapler and group B, left thoracoscopy employing the Ligasure 5-mm instrument. After a 7-day survival period, lung burst pressures were measured by flow-controlled insufflation into the trachea. RESULTS: Burst pressure measurement reflects the first air leak. By Student's t test analysis there were no statistically significant differences between the burst pressures, biopsy weights, or operating times. Fifty percent (4 of 8) of the animals in group A (Endo-GIA), and 50% (4 of 8) of the animals in group B (Ligasure) developed the first air leak in the nonoperative lung. Two animals, one from each group, had evidence of intrapleural infections at the time of necropsy. These were asymptomatic and did not appear to affect burst pressure measurement. CONCLUSIONS: After 7 days of healing, lung biopsy sites created with both the Ligasure and the Endo-GIA stapler have burst strengths equal to or greater than that of normal lung tissue in the swine survival model.
Michael V Tirabassi; Gregory T Banever; David B Tashjian; Kevin P Moriarty
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric surgery     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1531-5037     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr. Surg.     Publication Date:  2004 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-03-12     Completed Date:  2004-06-07     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0052631     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  387-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Pediatric Surgery, Baystate Medical Center Children's Hospital, Tufts University School of Medicine, Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Research Initiative, Springfield, MA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Biopsy / instrumentation
Lung / surgery*
Models, Animal

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