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What is a Thoracoscopy?

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Updated October 10, 2012

Definition:

A thoracoscopy is a procedure in which a thin tube is attached to a camera and inserted into the chest cavity through small incisions in the skin.

Thoracoscopy can be used to collect tissue samples to diagnose lung cancer or mesothelioma (thoracoscopic biopsy), and is sometimes used to remove a portion of the lung (thoracoscopic wedge resection or thoracoscopic lobectomy). Thoracoscopic surgery is less invasive than open surgery, and requires much smaller incisions.

Examples:
Sid's doctor recommended a thoracoscopic biopsy to see if the spot they found on his CT scan was a mesothelioma.

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