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MesoVATS: video-assisted thoracic surgery partial pleurectomy versus talc pleurodesis
  1. M M Brown
  1. Correspondence to Dr M M Brown, Department of Respiratory Medicine, University Hospital of Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, Hampshire SO16 6YD, UK; mb1604{at}

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The role of surgery in malignant pleural mesothelioma remains a contentious issue. This randomised control trial compared two palliative interventions: cytoreductive surgery versus talc pleurodesis in patients with suspected or confirmed malignant mesothelioma and pleural effusion.1 The authors hoped to show an improvement in survival for video assisted thoracic partial pleurectomy (VAT-PP) and compare …

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