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Minimally Invasive Vacuum-Assisted Closure Therapy With Instillation (Mini-VAC-Instill) for Pleural Empyema

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Hofmann, Hans-Stefan ; Neu, Reiner ; Potzger, Tobias ; Schemm, Rudolf ; Grosser, Christian ; Szöke, Tamas ; Sziklavari, Zsolt
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 11 May 2017 12:02


Enthusiasm for minimally invasive thoracic surgery is increasing. Thoracoscopy plays a significant therapeutic role in the fibrinopurulent stage (stage II) of empyema, in which loculated fluid cannot often be adequately drained by chest tube alone. For some debilitated and septic patients, further procedures such as open-window thoracostomy (OWT) with daily wound care or vacuum-assisted closure ...


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