In most parts of the world the treatment of adults with surgically correctable abnormalities of the thorax and its contents is provided by specially trained thoracic surgeons. On the other hand, in children pediatric general surgeons usually take on this role because of their training in the surgical care of sick infants and children, and their experience with the management of congenital malformations. In an ideal world the treatment of surgical disorders of the thorax in children would be provided by a super specialist, but this is neither practical nor possible. This text provides information that will help bridge the gap for a group of conditions often only encountered rarely by otherwise experienced surgeons. This book is not designed to be a textbook of operative surgery. Instead the broad scope is to provide important up to date information and reference material relating to most of the thoracic surgical conditions seen in childhood. The editors and contributors have ably met their goal to give the reader the proper medical and surgical principles needed to treat these childhood conditions. One can’t help to note the impressive array of authors from around the world. When I first started out in pediatric surgery only a few pediatric surgeons in a few centers would dare tackle some of the abnormalities noted in these chapters. Others who dared, because they had no other choice, often failed. Now it is clear that globalization has truly come to our discipline.
Comprehensively covers the whole field of pediatric thoracic surgery
Pediatric Thoracic Surgery provides comprehensive coverage of the newer developments and the most up-to-date information on many areas showing that morbidity in thoracic surgery has been immensely reduced as a result of new minor technical changes, significantly improving outcome. Recently, innovative flaps for broncho-pleural fistulas in children have helped to reduce morbidity, more aggressive surgery for thoracic malignancies in children have helped to improve their outcome and some of the newer materials and technological advances have changed overall outlook for thoracic wall tumours. Similarly, the outcome of pediatric thoracic trauma and some of the rare conditions have improved because of better understanding and operative interventions. Delayed intervention by preoperative stabilisation is an example of better understanding of the pathological process.
Pediatric Thoracic Surgery, with contributions from experts worldwide, covers the field (non-cardiac) in significant depth and is a useful reference work for pediatric and thoracic surgeons. It is also a valuable guide for both adult and pediatric surgeons managing pediatric thoracic surgery on occasional basis or only during acute emergency. Pediatric respiratory physicians, anesthetists and fetal medicine doctors will also find this work of interest.
Fundamental Considerations.- Applied Anatomy.- Developmental Biology and Embryology of the Thorax.- Applied Physiology and Pulmonary Function Testing.- Radiology of the Chest.- Anesthesia for Thoracic Surgery.- Thoracoscopic Surgery.- Thoracic Incisions and Operative Approaches.- Infection.- Pneumonia.- Empyema Thoracis.- Pulmonary Tuberculosis.- Lung Abscess.- Pulmonary Hydatid Disease.- Bronchiectasis.- Chronic Pleuro-Pulmonary and Chest Wall Infections.- Trauma.- Thoracic Trauma. General Considerations.- Blunt Thoracic Trauma.- Penetrating Thoracic Trauma.- Tumours.- Anterior Mediastinal Tumors.- Posterior Mediastinal Tumors.- Lung Tumors.- Chest Wall Tumors.- Esophagus.- Congenital Malformations.- Esophageal Stricture.- Esophageal Replacement.- Achalasia.- Gastro-esophageal Reflux.- Esophageal Foreign Bodies.- Trachea.- Foreign Bodies in the Airway.- Vascular Rings.- Foregut Duplication Cysts.- Lung Disease.- Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation.- Pulmonary Sequestration.- Congenital Lobar Emphysema.- Respiratory Disorders of the Newborn.- Cystic Fibrosis.- Pulmonary Hemorrhage and Hemoptysis.- Interstitial Diseases of the Lung.- Pneumothorax.- Diaphragm.- Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.- Diaphragmatic Eventration and Phrenic Palsy.- Extra-corporeal Membrane Oxygenation.- Diaphragmatic Pacing in Children.- Chest Wall Abnormalities.- Pectus Excavatum.- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.- Thoracopagus Conjoined Twins.- Miscellaneous.- Chylothorax.- The Thymus and Myasthenia Gravis.- Hyperhidrosis and Thoracic Sympathectomy.