Videothoracoscopy in Trauma: Early Experience
AbstractWe present a series in which videothoracoscopy was used to evaluate and manage patients after thoracic trauma. We used this technique in 11 patients with thoracic injuries. We describe 5 representative cases. It was used successfully in 10 of 11 patients. Indications included evaluation of ongoing hemothorax, evacuation of clotted hemothorax and empyema, and decortication for persistent airleak. Etiologies included blunt trauma, stab wounds, and gunshot wounds.