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Utility of medical thoracoscopy in diagnosis and treatment of hemothorax due to carcinoma: A case report

Qing-Hua Liu,
Published: 1 January 2020
 by  Medknow

Abstract: Hemothorax cannot always be treated by thoracic surgeon. Rapidly improved interventional pulmonology broadens the application of medical thoracoscopy. We attempt to share our experiences of medical thoracoscopy for hemothorax and discuss the value of medical thoracoscopy in pleural diseases. We reported a 76-year-old male with hemothorax who was cured by medical thoracoscopy under local anesthesia together with argon plasma coagulation. Moreover, final pathological diagnosis was acquired as pleural sarcomatoid carcinoma. The unusual manifestation under medical thoracoscopy of such a relative rare disease was also described in this paper. The medical thoracoscopy could be used successfully for hemothorax instead of treating with surgeon, especially for those who cannot tolerate procedure of operation or surgical thoracoscopy.
Keywords: Case report / hemothorax / medical thoracoscopy / pleural disease / sarcomatoid carcinoma

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