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DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1013155
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Value of Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery in Traumatic Extrapleural Hematoma

M. A. Rashid
  • Department of Surgery, Ryhov Hospital, Jönköping, Sweden
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19. März 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.