About the book
Pleural pathology is complex and a multidisciplinary approach is oftentimes mandatory. This book will aim to share with the other specialties the specific elements of the surgical evaluation and the surgical options in the treatment of the pleural disease.
In the years, several therapeutic and technological advances have modified the surgical approach and outcomes to such pathologies and therefore are worthy of discussion.
We dedicated a chapter to the principles of chest drainage which may be of cross-specialty interest from A&E to post-surgical procedures.
The broad spectrum of the diseases of the pleura, which are to be considered heterogeneous by definition, may affect patients of different ages, require different treatment strategies, and have different outcomes (e.g. pneumothorax, mesothelioma).
In this book, we will discuss most of the pleural diseases but we opted to analyze them from the surgical point of view because of the complexity of diagnosis, treatment, and care of such patients, which may be challenging but critically important.