At Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, the Thoracic Diseases Program provides diagnosis and treatment for the entire spectrum of diseases affecting the chest. These include pulmonary, mediastinal, pleural, and chest wall diseases, and can be linked to other diseases, such as cancers or infections.
For diagnosis and treatment, the multidisciplinary team uses the latest techniques and technologies. The program aims to use minimally invasive techniques as much as possible, in order to reduce surgical trauma and to shorten the patient’s recovery period.
The Thoracic Diseases Program treats a wide range of thoracic diseases including: tumors, diseases affecting the thyroid glands or lymph nodes, sweat glands, and deformities of the chest wall. The term thoracic refers to the chest cavity, also known as the thoracic cavity
Depending on the disease, treatments include interventions within the thoracic cavity. This area includes the lungs, the chest wall, and the lower respiratory tract.
In some cases, thoracic surgery is required to treat specific aspects of other diseases, such as certain forms of cancer.
Diagnosis of Thoracic Diseases
Mediastinal and Tumor Diseases
These are diseases that develop in the center of the thoracic cavity, including the following conditions:
Minimally invasive surgical options, such as VATS and endobronchial biopsies, are the best tools for diagnosis, and to start the specific treatment for individual diseases.
Pectus excavatum (sunken chest) is the most frequent congenital deformity, in which the breastbone and adjacent ribs protrude into the chest, causing a sunken appearance. The best treatment, when applicable, is the VATS Nuss procedure, in which bars are inserted into the chest to elevate the inward protrusion of the sternum. These bars will remain in the body for one to two years, and are then removed. Other open-chest surgery techniques, such as the Ravitch procedure, are also available at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
Pectus carinatum (pigeon chest) is a deformity of the chest characterized by an outward protrusion of the sternum and ribs. Open-chest surgery is required to reconstruct the chest.
The General Thoracic Diseases Program also can remove chest wall tumors through surgical procedures, such as biopsies and resections.
Other Thoracic Diseases
The following thoracic diseases can also sometimes require surgical treatment:
The Thoracic Disease Program is composed of a multidisciplinary team who uses an integrated, Patients First approach. Caregivers involved in patient care for this program are:
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