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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 163-167

Pulmonary siderosis cases diagnosed with minimally invasive surgical technique: A retrospective analysis of 7 cases

1 Departments of Thoracic Surgery, Bursa Yuksek Ihtisas Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Departments of Chest Diseases, Bursa Yuksek Ihtisas Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
3 Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Biruni University, Istanbul, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Erkan Akar
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Bursa Yuksek Ihtisas Training and Research Hospital, Bursa
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/atm.ATM_152_17

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OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to report our patients with pulmonary siderosis (PS) who were exposed to iron oxide and diagnosed with the minimally invasive surgical technique (video-assisted thoracic surgery [VATS]), and to provide a discussion of the relevant literature. METHODS: Hospital records of seven patients who were diagnosed with PS by VATS between 2008 and 2016 were retrospectively reviewed. VATS was performed for seven patients for whom no definitive diagnosis could be made with other diagnostic techniques. RESULTS: All 7 patients included in our study were male, and their mean age was 54 years. As for the profession, two patients were founders, two were grinders, and three were welders. All patients were operated with VATS. The patients were followed with chest radiograms and spirometric tests for an average of 24 (15–36) months. At the follow-up, the patients were not only free of progression but also they even showed regression. CONCLUSION: VATS is currently an established technique used for many diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, notably in chest surgery practice. We also advocate that VATS technique is an ideal method for making the pathological diagnosis of pneumoconioses when other methods fail to do so.

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