Thoracoplasty an obsolete or Still useful Procedure

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Amer Bilal
Sharif Jan
Asif Nadeem
Shoaib Nabi


Out of over 2000 thorocotomies done over a 7 years period at Cardiothoracic unit LRH, 21 thoracoplasties were done. Of these 12 were full and 9 partial. The main indications were insufficient/destroyed lung tissue with or without hemoptyses or / and with / without infected spaces. There was no mortality. only 3 patients had residual spaces. We conclude that in a very select group of patients with the aforementioned problems, thoracoplasty still has a role to play.

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Bilal A, Jan S, Nadeem A, Nabi S. Thoracoplasty an obsolete or Still useful Procedure. J Postgrad Med Inst [Internet]. 2011 Sep. 22 [cited 2022 Nov. 30];16(2). Available from:
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