The role of thoracoscopy in thoracic trauma.
The advent of video-assisted thoracic surgical procedures has caused many thoracic surgeons to reevaluate their approach to the management of diseases of the chest. The management of traumatic thoracic injuries is an area in which thoracoscopic techniques may have significant impact. The current role of thoracoscopy in the diagnosis and therapy of thoracic trauma continues to evolve. This review considers the currently accepted diagnostic and therapeutic applications of thoracoscopy in the management of these patients. The technique of thoracoscopy as it applies to the trauma patient is also discussed, as well as the future and expanding applications of thoracoscopy in this setting.