Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Online ISSN : 2186-1005
Print ISSN : 1341-1098
ISSN-L : 1341-1098

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Treatment of Bilateral Empyema Thoracis Using Unilateral Single-Port Thoracoscopic Approach
Chih-Hao ChenWei-Sha LinHo ChangShih-Yi LeeTzu-Ti HungChih-Yin Tai
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A variety of disease in the chest can be treated with thoracoscopic surgery. Although with limited experience, thoracoscopic surgery can be performed with single-port approach. Theoretically, single-port approach can be applied in treating bilateral pleural effusions. Here we reported a case of 28-year-old man with the diagnosis of septic embolization of the lung with complications of bilateral empyema. He was treated with single-port thoracoscopic surgery for decortication of right pleural space and deloculation of left pleural space. After prolonged course of antibiotics for 21 days, the patient was discharged. After follow-up for 3 months, the patient recovered well and had no evidence of recurrence.

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