J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2020 03 5;159(3):1120-1127.e3. Epub 2019 Sep 5.
Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Department of Respiratory Therapy, College of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Department of Surgery, Pingtung Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Pingtung, Taiwan. Electronic address:
Objective: Contralateral recurrence in patients with primary spontaneous pneumothorax is approximately 15%. If positive for blebs, the recurrence rate increases to 26%. This study seeks to determine whether simultaneous contralateral video-assisted thoracic surgery blebs excision would effectively lower the contralateral incidence of pneumothorax in patients undergoing surgery for ipsilateral primary spontaneous pneumothorax. Read More