Lung decortication

A lung decortication is a cardiothoracic surgical procedure usually performed for situations such as a chronic thoracic empyema or a chronic haemothorax where a diseased, often chronically infected, pleura is debrided from the adjacent lung and removed. It is also sometimes performed of selected cases of pleural mesothelioma 6. This can be performed either as an open surgical procedure or using video assisted thoracoscopic surgical (VATS) technique. 

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rID: 46923
System: Chest
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Open lung decortication
  • Decortication of lung
  • VATS assisted lung decortication

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