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Hiang-Ping Chan, Mei-Fong Liew, Ju-Ee Seet, Pyng Lee
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August 31, 2016: Thorax
Alberto Valsecchi, Sabrina Arondi, Giampietro Marchetti
BACKGROUND: Medical thoracoscopy (MT) or pleuroscopy is a procedure performed to diagnose and treat malignant and benign pleural diseases. Totally 2752 pleuroscopies executed in 1984-2013 in our center were considered in this study. METHODS: A retrospective observational study was performed. Observational time was divided into six series of 5 years. We calculated MT diagnostic yield and analyzed trends of main diseases diagnosed along the time. RESULTS: Along the 30 years population became progressively older...
July 2016: Annals of Thoracic Medicine
Hean Ooi
Bedside pleuroscopy can be used in daily practice by medical pulmonologists if a patient cannot tolerate either general anesthesia or being moved to an operating or endoscopy room due to their critical condition. It is a simple and safe technique that rarely has complications. The aim of this review is to summarize recent literatures about bedside pleuroscopy and share our experiences with using it in Taiwan.
June 2016: BioMedicine
Preyas J Vaidya, Arvind H Kate, Deval Mehta, Boman N Dhabar, Prashant N Chhajed
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, and around 75% to 80% of lung cancers are detected in advanced stage. Multiple genetic mutations are identified and reported in adenocarcinoma of the lung. Various pulmonary samples can be tested for molecular mutations in lung cancer. However, feasibility of molecular profiling of pleuroscopic pleural biopsies in lung adenocarcinoma is not reported. We describe a case of advanced adenocarcinoma of lung with positive anaplastic lymphoma tyrosine kinase mutation on pleuroscopic pleural biopsy and improved with oral crizotinib...
April 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Kostas Archontogeorgis, Anthony Lanfranco, Andreas Koulelidis, Marios E Froudarakis
Bilateral empyema associated to infectious pericarditis is an extremely rare, yet life-threatening condition. Pleuroscopy-medical thoracoscopy has proved its efficacy in series of patients with empyema. Yet, all reported cases treated by this technique, concerned patients with pleural infection located to a single hemithorax. We present the case of a 71-year-old man with bilateral empyema treated successfully by sequential pleuroscopy, associated to infectious pericarditis.
2016: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
Kassem Harris, Samjot Singh Dhillon, Abdul Hamid Alraiyes
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June 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
J M Porcel
Pleural ultrasonography is useful for identifying and characterising pleural effusions, solid pleural lesions (nodules, masses, swellings) and pneumothorax. Pleural ultrasonography is also considered the standard care for guiding interventionist procedures on the pleura at the patient's bedside (thoracentesis, drainage tubes, pleural biopsies and pleuroscopy). Hospitals should promote the acquisition of portable ultrasound equipment to increase the patient's safety.
June 6, 2016: Revista Clínica Española
Abdel R Lataifeh, Mary Burgess, Nikhil Meena
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April 2016: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
Pyng Lee, Praveen N Mathur
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Medical thoracoscopy provides the physician a window into the pleural space. The procedure allows biopsy of the parietal pleura under direct visualization with good accuracy. In addition, it achieves therapeutic goals of fluid drainage, guided chest tube placement, and pleurodesis. RECENT FINDINGS: Comparable diagnostic yield is achieved with the flexi-rigid pleuroscope even though pleural biopsies are smaller using the flexible forceps as compared to rigid thoracoscopy...
May 2016: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Anurag Agrawal, Rajeev Tandon, Lalit Singh, Aakanksha Chawla
BACKGROUND: Malignant pleural effusion is a major clinical problem associated with primary and metastatic pleural malignancies. Pleural effusions from an unknown primary are responsible for 7-15% of all malignant pleural effusions. Presence of malignant pleural effusion puts the patient in advanced stage and renders the prognosis as poor. AIM: In this study we intend to find out the incidence of malignant pleural effusion, its aetiology and clinical course in patients attending a tertiary care teaching hospital...
July 2015: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
Giles Dixon, Duneesha de Fonseka, Nick Maskell
Undiagnosed pleural effusions present an increasing diagnostic burden upon healthcare providers internationally. The investigation of pleural effusions often requires the acquisition of tissue for histological analysis and diagnosis. Historically there were two options for tissue biopsy: a 'gold standard' surgical biopsy or a "blind" closed pleural biopsy. Over the last decade however, image-guided Tru-cut biopsies and local anaesthetic thoracoscopic (local anaesthetic thoracoscopy) biopsies have become more widespread...
June 2015: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Mohamed Khereba, Vicky Thiffault, Eric Goudie, Mehdi Tahiri, Rachid Hadjeres, Maryam Razmpoosh, Pasquale Ferraro, Moishe Liberman
BACKGROUND: Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) has the potential to be the final frontier in minimally invasive procedures in thoracic surgery. In order for thoracic pleural NOTES to 1 day be ready for clinical trials, each step of the procedure must be independently evaluated for both safety and efficacy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the trachea as a portal of entry for thoracic NOTES. METHODS: Eight 40-kg swine underwent right thoracic pleuroscopy in a survival model...
February 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Ryan M Kern, Zachary S DePew, Fabien Maldonado
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Medical thoracoscopy, also known as pleuroscopy, has been utilized by chest physicians for more than a century. Despite this, it has only recently re-emerged as an important tool for interventional pulmonologists to diagnose and treat pleural diseases. The purpose of this review is to critically assess the recent literature related to medical thoracoscopy, specifically as it pertains to its safety and feasibility as an outpatient procedure. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent data have reaffirmed the clinical utility of medical thoracoscopy and suggest that it can be safely performed in an outpatient setting...
July 2015: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Atsuko Ishida, Hirotaka Kida, Hiromi Muraoka, Hiroki Nishine, Masamichi Mineshita, Teruomi Miyazawa
Three cases of inoperable secondary spontaneous pneumothorax were diagnosed in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Two cases initially underwent bronchial occlusion with endobronchial Watanabe spigot (EWS), while one underwent talc poudrage with pleuroscopy. As air leaks were not stopped completely in all cases with the initial procedures, we performed additional interventional treatments: pleuroscopic talc poudrage in cases when bronchial occlusion was performed first; and bronchial occlusion with EWS for a case that initially underwent talc pleurodesis...
March 2015: Respirology Case Reports
Rajesh Thomas, Shanka Karunarathne, Barton Jennings, Sue Morey, Siaw Ming Chai, Y C Gary Lee, Martin J Phillips
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Flexi-rigid pleuroscopy is a useful tool in the work-up of pleural effusions, but pleural biopsy using flexible forceps can be difficult in some patients. This study evaluated the feasibility, safety and diagnostic value of using a flexible cryoprobe to obtain parietal pleural biopsies during pleuroscopy. METHODS: This was a single-centre retrospective study. In patients undergoing diagnostic pleuroscopy, pleural biopsy using flexible forceps, followed by a flexible cryoprobe introduced through the pleuroscope, were performed...
February 2015: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Atsuko Ishida, Naoki Furuya, Takashi Nishisaka, Masamichi Mineshita, Teruomi Miyazawa
A 74-year-old woman with massive bilateral pleural effusion, which was exudative in nature, and with mononuclear cell predominance underwent a pleuroscopy. Parietal pleura were thickened and partly reddish in color. Biopsy specimens taken from the parietal pleura revealed lymphoplasmacytic inflammation with fibrosis. As her performance status rapidly worsened with thoracentesis, we performed bilateral pleurodesis using talc. Pathologic evaluation of the pleural biopsy specimen with immunohistochemical staining revealed 91 IgG4-positive plasma cells per high-power field and an IgG4/IgG ratio of 91%...
July 2014: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
Yukio Watanabe, Shinji Sasada, Christine Chavez, Yuji Matsumoto, Takehiro Izumo, Takaaki Tsuchida
OBJECTIVE: Medical thoracoscopy using a flex-rigid pleuroscope under local anesthesia is a recent diagnostic procedure for malignant pleural disease. Although most previous studies have reported its usefulness, especially in wet pleural dissemination, the feasibility of flex-rigid pleuroscopy in patients with dry pleural dissemination is not well established.We assessed the diagnostic performance of flex-rigid pleuroscopy under local anesthesia in patients suspected of dry pleural dissemination on radiography...
August 2014: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
Kostas Archontogeorgis, Stavros Anevlavis, Paul Zarogoulidis, Ajay Jain, Georgia Karpathiou, Alexandra Giatromanolaki, Efthimios Sivridis, Demosthenes Bouros, Marios E Froudarakis
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic eosinophilic pleural effusions (IEPEs) comprise the eosinophilic pleural effusions for which a specific aetiology cannot be established. There are no reports investigating IEPE on the basis of a systematically applied pleuroscopy approach and entailing an appropriate patient follow-up till the final outcome is established; existing series rather combine clinical and thoracocentesis criteria to establish the idiopathic character of the diagnosis. OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study was to assess the clinical outcome of patients with IEPE, who underwent a systematic diagnostic approach by pleuroscopy...
October 2015: Clinical Respiratory Journal
Kim Hoong Yap, Martin J Phillips, Y C Gary Lee
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In managing pleural diseases, medical thoracoscopy is often performed as a diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedure, particularly in undiagnosed pleural effusions. Flexi-rigid pleuroscopes are now widely available as an alternative to conventional rigid thoracoscopes. There is an ongoing debate on which is the better instrument. This review analyses the current literature that compared rigid and flexi-rigid approaches, and outlines the medical advances that may influence the future role of thoracoscopy...
July 2014: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Corey Cudzilo, Alejandro Aragaki, Julian Guitron, Sadia Benzaquen
A 41-year-old man developed widespread skin rash involving his knees, elbows, and gluteal region. He received methotrexate for approximately 1 month and later developed dyspnea and a left-sided eosinophilic pleural effusion. He was transiently placed on oral steroids. Subsequent skin biopsy showed psoriatric arthritis. Methotrexate was restarted and 8 weeks into the treatment, he developed dyspnea, a hemorrhagic pericardial effusion, and a right-sided eosinophilic pleural effusion. Methotrexate was discontinued, but patient developed dyspnea with a recurrent right eosinophilic pleural effusion, 2 weeks later...
January 2014: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
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