Medical Pleuroscopy/Thoracoscopy

Advances in pleuroscopy


Reference: Anevlavis S and Froudarakis M. Advances in Pleuroscopy. The Clinical Respiratory Journal 2018; 12(3):839–847. doi:10.1111/crj.12597.

Summary: This review article describes traditional pleuroscopy technique and various clinical uses for this procedure. It also describes newer techniques such as minithoracoscopy, semi-rigid thoracoscopy, narrow band imaging pleuroscopy, infrared pleuroscopy and auto-fluorescence pleuroscopy. Medical thoracoscopy is the procedure of choice for the investigation of undiagnosed exudative pleural effusions. It can also be useful in the management of various pleural conditions.

 Medical thoracoscopy/pleuroscopy: step by step


Reference: Loddenkemper R, Lee P, Noppen M, Mathur PN. Medical Thoracoscopy/Pleuroscopy: Step by Step. Breathe 2011; 8(2):156–167. doi:10.1183/20734735.011611.

Summary: This article describes the necessary knowledge and skills for performing a thoracoscopy, contraindications and potential complications as well as a detailed description of available equipment and procedural technique.

 History and clinical use of thoracoscopy/pleuroscopy in respiratory medicine


Reference: Loddenkemper R, Mathur P, Noppen M. History and Clinical Use of Thoracoscopy/Pleuroscopy in Respiratory Medicine. Breathe 2011; 8(2):144–155.doi:10.1183/20734735.011711.

Summary: This article describes the history and development of modern day pleuroscopy/thoracoscopy. It details the clinical uses of pleuroscopy including in the diagnosis and management of MPE, tuberculous pleural effusions, parapneumonic effusions, empyema, pneumothorax, idiopathic pleural effusions, diffuse lung diseases and other conditions.

 Advances in thoracoscopy: 100 years since Jacobaeus


Reference: Lee P, Mathur PN, Colt HG. Advances in thoracoscopy: 100 years since Jacobaeus. Respiration. 2010;79(3):177-86.

Summary: This review discusses advancements in thoracoscopy since the procedure was initially developed. It provides a good overview of the equipment available, patient preparation and anesthesia needs, as well as the technique and potential complications.