Cervical Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (C-VATS)Using a Flexible Endoscope for Thoracoscopy
Hypothesis: C-VATS is a feasible and safe method of entering the pleural space in order to
perform pleural evaluation, pleural biopsy and pleurodesis in patients with pleural disease
and/or pleural effusions.
Objectives: Evaluate the safety and feasibility of C-VATS in patients with pleural disease.
Design: Prospective, cohort, feasibility and safety study.
Methods: Patients referred to all thoracic surgeons in the Division of Thoracic Surgery at
the CHUM Notre Dame campus for the diagnosis or treatment of pleural based diseases will be
screened for enrolment. The investigators plan to recruit 10 patients in this initial study.
Eligible patients will be consented by one of the thoracic surgeons at the CHUM.
All procedures will be performing in the operating room at the CHUM Notre Dame Hospital. All
patients will be admitted prior to their procedure and treated on the post-operative
thoracic surgery ward using standard post-VATS procedural treatments. All cause, as well as
procedure specific morbidity will be recorded by the study investigators on the day of the
procedure, every day in hospital until discharge and at 1 week, 4 weeks and 12 weeks post
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Intra-operative mortality In-hospital mortality 30-day mortality
Moishe Liberman, MD, PhD
Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal
Canada: Ethics Review Committee