oa South African Medical Journal - Thoracoplasty for large tuberculous cavities



At the outset we showed that the orthodox thoracoplasty frequently failed to close large cavities due, in many cases, to partial re-expansion of the collapsed lung. Despite the advances of pulmonary resection, many cases of extensive disease with cavitation will still require surgical collapse therapy. The extrafascial pneumothorax or oleothorax promises well as a means of improving the results of such surgery in these cases. Several of its advantages are discussed above.


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