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Real-Time Pleural Elastography: Potential Usefulness in Nonintubated Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery

Tacconi Federico, Chegai Fabrizio, Perretta Tommaso, Ambrogi Vincenzo,
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 ( Tacconi Federico ) - Tor Vergata University Hospital Unit of Thoracic Surgery
 ( Chegai Fabrizio ) - Tor Vergata University Hospital Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Interventional Radiology, Molecular Imaging and Radiotherapy
 ( Perretta Tommaso ) - Tor Vergata University Hospital Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Interventional Radiology, Molecular Imaging and Radiotherapy
 ( Ambrogi Vincenzo ) - Tor Vergata University Hospital Unit of Thoracic Surgery

Abstract


Pleural adhesions are a major challenge in standard and nonintubated video-assisted thoracic surgery. The currently available imaging techniques help to assess the presence and extent of pleural adhesions, but do not provide information on tissue deformability, which is crucial for intraoperative management. In this report, we describe the utilization of real-time elastography mapping of pleural adhesions. This technique enabled us to detect areas with softer adhesions, and helped establish the surgical plan in a difficult case of a patient scheduled for nonintubated video-assisted thoracic surgery.

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Ultrasound; Video-assisted thoracic surgery; Pleura

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