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What is a Pleuroscopy?

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Updated March 19, 2013

Definition:

A pleuroscopy is a medical procedure in which doctors can examine the pleural cavity, the space between the 2 layers of tissue(the pleura) that line the lungs.

During a pleuroscopy, a tube called a pleuroscope is inserted into the pleural cavity through a small incision in the chest wall. Doctors can then visualize the pleural cavity with a special camera. A pleuroscopy can be a relatively noninvasive way to inject medications into the pleural space for people suffering from pleural effusions (the build up of fluid in the pleural space).

Examples:
Jack's lung cancer doctor recommended a pleuroscopy with injection of talc into the pleural space to treat his malignant (cancerous) pleural effusion.

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