Thoracoscopic retrieval of metal rods after penetrating chest injury: case report.

H. J. Li*, Y. H. Liu, Y. C. Wu, H. P. Liu, P. J. Lin

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Thoracoscopy has been used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Its use in the trauma field is rapidly increasing. Here, we present a case of chest trauma that was successfully treated using the thoracoscopic approach. A 43-year-old male patient was brought to our emergency room with a severe right chest wall-penetrating metal-rod injury, which had occurred after falling from a height. The chest X-ray showed an upper right lung lobe injury. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) was performed for diagnosis of any other associated injury and for management of the penetrating injury. The prognosis was good. We believe that minimal thoracoscopic surgery is an alternative way that provides a more rapid diagnosis, and a less-invasive and safe operation for acute chest trauma patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)782-787
Number of pages6
JournalChang Gung Medical Journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - 12 2000
Externally publishedYes


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