Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2000; 48(6): 370-371
DOI: 10.1055/s-2000-8337
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Video-assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery for Bilateral Spontaneous Pneumothorax in Supine Position: The Use of a Pillow beneath the Back for Intercostal Space Widening

R. Maruyama, H. Anai
  • Department of Thoracic Surgery, Oita National Hospital, Oita, Japan
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Publication Date:
31 December 2000 (online)

We performed a single stage video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for bilateral spontaneous pneumothorax in the supine position with both arms abduced and the back slightly elevated using a pillow. While intercostal spaces were not open enough to insert a trocar, this procedure, not requiring the trouble of placing patients in the lateral decubitus position, is beneficial for the single treatment of bilateral thoracic discase.


Received for Publication: December 7, 1999

Dr. Riichiroh Maruyama

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