Thoracoscopic treatment for spontaneous pneumothorax in patients over 50 years Old: A comparison with younger patients

Masazumi Watanabe, Mitsuharu Sato, Hiroyuki Deguchi, Gentaro Tsumatori, Teruhiro Aoki, Keigo Takagi, Susumu Tanaka

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare thoracoscopic treatment for spontaneous pneumothorax in patients over 50 years old (OG) and younger patients (YG). Thoracoscopic treatment was performed in both groups using the same patient selection criteria: persistence of an air leak after tube thoracostomy drainage, ipsilateral recurrence, and bilateral pneumothoraces. Thoracoscopic treatment was performed in nine older patients (OG) over a two-year period. Their ages ranged from 50 to 81 years (average: 66 years). The mean operative time, postoperative drainage period, and hospital stay after surgery were 120 min, 6.3 days, and 10.7 days, respectively. In the YG, these indices were 71 min, 1.5 days, and 5.3 days, respectively. Each factor was significantly prolonged in the OG (p < 0.05). However, there were no major perioperative complications or recurrences 3-24 months after surgery in either group. Thus, thoracoscopic surgery is also effective in the treatment of spontaneous pneumothorax in patients over 50 years old.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-183
Number of pages3
JournalSurgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jan 1

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Keywords

  • Older patient
  • Spontaneous pneumothorax
  • Thoracoscopic operation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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