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Value of Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery in Traumatic Extrapleural Hematoma
19 March 2008 (online)
The current article reports on a rare case recently experienced, in which a medially displaced extrapleural fat layer with parietal pleura, revealed by CT scan of the chest, was a sign of traumatic extrapleural hematoma. Video-assisted thoracic surgery was not suited to approaching and managing the extrapleural hematoma, so that a limited thoracotomy was mandatory. Extrapleural hematoma should be considered a relative major contraindication to video-assisted thoracic surgery.
Video-assisted thoracic surgery - Traumatic extrapleural hematoma