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Uniportal-Single Incision Thoracoscopic Access for Pulmonary Hydatid Cysts

[ Vol. 15 , Issue. 1 ]


Cenk Balta*   Pages 39 - 44 ( 6 )


Objective: Pulmonary hydatid cyst is caused by Echinococcus Species and has high prevalence in low and middle income countries. Surgery remains the gold standard method for this parasitic pul-monary disease. Here, we report 20 cases of pulmonary hydatid cysts that underwent minimally invasive videothoracoscopic surgery.

Design: Retrospective original article

Methodology: All patients who underwent minimally invasive complete thoracoscopic removal of pulmonary hydatid cysts in our clinic, which were recorded in hospital database has been extracted. Clinical properties and complications of the surgeries are analyzed retrospectively.

Results: Minimally invasive method was performed in all 20 cases. The mean duration of operation was 95 minutes (min-max: 45-175), and the mean length of hospitalization was 3.55 days (min-max: 2-7). The complication rate was 15% (n=3) and there was no recurrence in 6 months of follow up.

Conclusion: Videothorascopic pulmonary hydatid cysts removal seems to be a safe and useful method. This method is offered in all suitable patients with pulmonary hydatid cysts.


Echinococcus granulosus, hydatid cyst, minimally invasive, pulmonary hydatid cyst, surgical procedure, VATS, videothoracoscopy.


Şanlıurfa Training and Research Hospital, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Şanlıurfa

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