Axillary thoracoscopy

Michael W. Frank*, Carl L Backer, Constantine Mavroudis, Axel W. Joob

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Thoracoscopy can be done safely and effectively through working ports placed in the axilla in patients whose pathology is in the upper half of the thorax. We have used this technique successfully in 37 patients with no complications. Advantages include superior cosmesis, optimal access to the apex of the chest, and, if necessary, easy conversion to axillary thoracotomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)590-591
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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