A thoracoscopy examines the chest (thoracic) cavity using an endoscopeendoscopeA thin, tube-like instrument with a light and lens used to examine or treat organs or structures in the body. (a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and lens). A thoracoscopy may also be used to perform specialized procedures in chest cavity. It may also be called pleuroscopy.
A thoracoscopy is done to both diagnose and treat certain lung problems. It is done to:
The risks from thoracoscopy are:
A thoracoscopy can show:
The doctor will decide whether further tests, procedures, follow-up care or additional treatment is needed.
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