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419 Successful treatment of primary spontaneous pneumothorax with video-assisted thoracoscopic pleurectomy
  1. Marko Bašković,
  2. Josip Pejić,
  3. Ljudevit Sović,
  4. Dora Škrljak Šoša,
  5. Mirko Žganjer,
  6. Ante Čizmić
  1. Children’s Hospital Zagreb


Pneumothorax is defined as a collection of air that is located between the visceral and parietal pleura. Spontaneous pneumothorax occurs in the absence of any identified trauma. It is subdivided into primary and secondary types. The annual incidence of primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) in the general population is estimated to be 5 to 10 per 100000. The peak incidence occurs between 16 and 24 years of age. We present the case of a sixteen-year-old boy who manifested on several occasions with right-sided spontaneous pneumothorax. The boy was actively involved in sports. Until spontaneous pneumothorax occurred, he had never been ill. He did not take medication. He had no allergies. A total of three times the right chest was drained. At each arrival, pneumothorax manifested with abrupt pain. The X-ray confirmed the diagnosis each time. After a third spontaneous pneumothorax, a CT of the chest was done. CT showed small apical blebs. The trachea was neatly positioned, neatly branching. The right main bronchus seemed wider than the left. The vascular structures were of a neat appearance. The heart was neatly positioned, with a morphologically neat appearance. Surgical treatment was initiated. After collapse of the right lung, an incision was made in the third intercostal space to the right in the anterior axillary line. An angle camera was installed. Upon placement of the camera, the trocar is placed in the seventh intercostal space in the median axillary line. After identifying the apical blebs changes with a linear endostapler, a resection is performed. A partial parietal pleurectomy is then performed. Negative pressure drainage is set. In prophylaxis, the boy received cefazolin. A one-year follow-up did not result in relapse.

Surgery for pneumothorax consists of stapling ruptured blebs and resection of abnormal lung tissue. The approaches used include VATS (video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery), mini-thoracotomy and conventional thoracotomy. We usually use VATS, which provides adequate exposure for resection or stapling and an opportunity for pleurectomy, abrasion or chemical pleurodesis. The morbidity of VATS is less than with conventional or mini-thoracotomy, and recurrence rates are approximately 5%, although open thoracotomy and pleurectomy have the lowest recurrence rate. Given that in our previous cases, after repeated tube drainage, we did not have recurrences, we did not opt for VATS immediately after the first recurrence. Reading the literature, in the future we will be guided by the algorithm to initiate VATS after the first recurrence of pneumothorax.

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