Thoracoscopy: Outstanding Interventional Modality in Diagnosis of Pleural Nosologies


Thoracoscopy is a well established invasive method for the diagnosis and management of pleural nosologies. The role and the impact that this procedure exerts in settings alongside the diagnostic yield in pleural malignancies are unquestionable. New insights and novel techniques promise an even greater future towards the usefulness of this technique in interventional pneumonology. This is a short review highlighting the principles and novel aspects in the evolutionary progress of pleuroscopy.

Share and Cite:

Sotiriou, I. and Siddique, N. (2014) Thoracoscopy: Outstanding Interventional Modality in Diagnosis of Pleural Nosologies. Open Journal of Respiratory Diseases, 4, 119-121. doi: 10.4236/ojrd.2014.44016.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


[1] Moisiuc, F.V. and Colt, H.G. (2007) Thoracoscopy: Origins Revisited. Respiration, 74, 344-355.
[2] Rodriguez-Panadero, F. (2008) Medical Thoracoscopy. Respiration, 76, 363-372.
[3] Froudarakis, M.E. (2008) Diagnostic Work-Up of Pleural Effusions. Respiration, 75, 4-13.
[4] Noppen, M. and De Keukeleire, T. (2008) Pneumothorax. Respiration, 76, 121-127.
[5] Davidson, A.C., George, R.J., Sheldon, C.D., Sinha, G., Corrin, B. and Geddes, D.M. (1988) Thoracoscopy: Assessment of a Physician Service and Comparison of a Flexible Bronchoscope Used as a Thoracoscope with a Rigid Thoracoscope. Thorax, 43, 327-332.
[6] Lee, P. and Colt, H.G. (2005) Rigid and Semirigid Pleuroscopy: The Future Is Bright. Respirology, 10, 418-425.
[7] Froudarakis, M.E. and Noppen, M. (2009) Medical Thoracoscopy: New Tricks for an Old Trade. Respiration, 78, 373-374.
[8] Ernst, A., Hersh, C.P., Herth, F., et al. (2002) A Novel Instrument for the Evaluation of the Pleural Space: An Experience in 34 Patients. Chest, 122, 1530-1534.
[9] McLean, A.N., Bicknell, S.R., McAlpine, L.G. and Peacock, A.J. (1998) Investigation of Pleural Effusion: An Evaluation of the New Olympus LTF Semiflexible Thoracofiberscope and Comparison with Abram’s Needle Biopsy. Chest, 114, 150-153.
[10] Mountain, C.F. (1986) A New International Staging System for Lung Cancer. Chest, 89, 225S-233S.
[11] Froudarakis, M.E. (2009) Diagnosis and Management of Pleural Effusion in Lung Cancer. In: Bouros, D., Ed., Pleural Diseases, 2nd Edition, Informa, New York, 427-447.
[12] Scherpereel, A., Astoul, P., Baas, P., et al. (2010) Guidelines of the European Respiratory Society and the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons for the Management of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma. European Respiratory Journal, 35, 479-495.
[13] Chrysanthidis, M.G. and Janssen, J.P. (2005) Autofluorescence Videothoracoscopy in Exudative Pleural Effusions: Preliminary Results. European Respiratory Journal, 26, 989-992.
[14] Noppen, M. and De Keukeleire, T. (2008) Pneumothorax. Respiration, 76, 121-127.
[15] Zhou, W.-B., Bai, M. and Jin, Y. (2009) Diagnostic Value of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor and Endostatin in Malignant Pleural Effusions. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 13, 381-386.

Copyright © 2022 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

Creative Commons License

This work and the related PDF file are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.