Article Abstract

Subxiphoid approach for spontaneous bilateral pneumothorax: a case report

Authors: Matthew Fok, Jay Karunanantham, Jason M. Ali, Serena Concina, Shruti Jayakumar, Adam Peryt, Aman Coonar, Giuseppe Aresu


The development of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has contributed to reduced pain and improved recovery following thoracic surgery. However, pain remains a major issue. Patients with bilateral pulmonary pathology requiring operative intervention may have even more pain due to bilateral transthoracic incisions. The recently described uniportal subxiphoid VATS approach provides an opportunity to undertake bilateral thoracic surgery through a single incision that avoids the bilateral intercostal nerve damage caused by transthoracic incision and drainage. Here we report a case of a patient requiring bilateral bullectomy and pleurectomy for the management of pneumothorax that was performed successfully by the subxiphoid VATS approach.