Thoracoscopy for Pulmonologists

A Didactic Approach

  • Philippe Astoul
  • GianFranco Tassi
  • Jean-Marie Tschopp

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. The Pleura and Thoracoscopy Technique

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Philippe Astoul, GianFranco Tassi, Jean-Marie Tschopp
      Pages 3-3
    3. Gian Pietro Marchetti, GianFranco Tassi
      Pages 5-16
    4. Delphine Trousse, Pascal Thomas
      Pages 17-23
    5. Cyrus Daneshvar, Saiyad A. Sarkar, David P. Breen
      Pages 45-52
    6. Antoine Delage, Charles-Hugo Marquette
      Pages 53-58
    7. Philippe Astoul, David P. Breen
      Pages 59-82
  3. Thoracoscopy for the Beginners (‘The Green Zone’)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Philippe Astoul, GianFranco Tassi, Jean-Marie Tschopp
      Pages 85-85
    3. Marios Froudarakis
      Pages 87-104
    4. Philippe Astoul
      Pages 105-119
    5. Wolfgang Frank, Nicolas Schönfeld
      Pages 121-139
    6. Jean-Marie Tschopp, Philippe Astoul
      Pages 141-143
    7. Seamus Grundy, Andrew Bentley
      Pages 145-154
  4. Interventional Thoracoscopy (‘The Grey Zone’)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Philippe Astoul, GianFranco Tassi, Jean-Marie Tschopp
      Pages 167-167
    3. GianFranco Tassi, Martin H. Brutsche, Robert J. O. Davies
      Pages 169-178
    4. Christophe Dooms, Johan Vansteenkiste
      Pages 179-182
  5. Advanced Thoracoscopy (‘The Red Zone’)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Philippe Astoul, GianFranco Tassi, Jean-Marie Tschopp
      Pages 185-185
    3. Marc Noppen
      Pages 187-195
    4. Paul Van Schil, Bernard Paelinck, Jeroen Hendriks, Patrick Lauwers
      Pages 197-204
  6. Complications of Thoracoscopy and Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Philippe Astoul, GianFranco Tassi, Jean-Marie Tschopp
      Pages 207-207
    3. Francisco Rodríguez-Panadero, Beatriz Romero Romero
      Pages 209-217
    4. Julius Janssen
      Pages 219-221
  7. Future in the Field of Thoracoscopy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Philippe Astoul, GianFranco Tassi, Jean-Marie Tschopp
      Pages 225-225
    3. GianFranco Tassi, Gian Pietro Marchetti
      Pages 227-235
    4. Miltiadis G. Chrysanthidis
      Pages 237-252
    5. Teruomi Miyazawa, Atsuko Ishida
      Pages 253-260
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 261-266

About this book


The incidence of pleural disease is increasing, and it is now accepted that best practice requires the incorporation of thoracoscopy into the work-up.  However, surgeons cannot meet the rising demand for thoracoscopy by means of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and waiting lists for endoscopic pleural procedures are consequently lengthening.  Against this background, there is an increasing need for medical thoracoscopy performed by pulmonologists, which may be video assisted and has the advantage of being very cost-effective.


This book is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to thoracoscopy for pulmonologists that documents the considerable progress in endoscopic telescopes and instrumentation.  Clear practical guidance is provided on technique, and diagnostic, therapeutic, and interventional applications of thoracoscopy are all carefully examined with the aid of high-quality illustrations.  Although medical thoracoscopy is much less invasive than VATS and thoracotomy, complications can occur in a small number of cases; these are discussed and advice on prevention is provided.  The concluding section examines the future of the field, covering developments such as ‘mini’ thoracoscopy, autofluorescence thoracoscopy, and flexi-rigid thoracoscopy.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Philippe Astoul
    • 1
  • GianFranco Tassi
    • 2
  • Jean-Marie Tschopp
    • 3
  1. 1.Pleural Diseases Interventional PulmonologyHôpital Nord Division of Thoracic OncologyMarseille cedex 20France
  2. 2.Divisione di PneumologiaSpedali Civili di BresciaBrescia (BS)Italy
  3. 3.Département de Médecine InterneCentre valaisan de pneumologie, CHCVsMontanaSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-38350-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-38351-9
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