Simultaneous Bilateral Decortications Via Video-Assisted Tho
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Empyema thoracis is a severe condition accompanying pneumonia, which is associated with a high mortality rate ranging between 6% and 24% . It is usually unilateral, and bilateral cases are rare. Compared with unilateral empyema, bilateral empyema may be more severe, and its treatment would be expected to be more difficult. It has been reported that decortication via video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) has high success rates ranging from 68% to 93% . However, most of the reported cases were unilateral cases. Thus, the effectiveness and safety of the procedure for bilateral cases have not been established. We herein report a case of bilateral empyema that was treated with simultaneous bilateral VATS decortication.......

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