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Thoracoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure traditionally performed to diagnose and/or treat pleural lung disease. Your pleura is a large, thin sheet of tissue that wraps around the outside of your lungs and lines the inside of your chest cavity.
We have full functional thoracoscopy suit for all pleural procedures
Why would you need a thoracoscopy?
Thoracoscopy can be used to look at an abnormal area seen on an imaging test (such as a chest x-ray or CT scan). It also can be used to take biopsy samples of lymph nodes, abnormal lung tissue, the chest wall, or the lining of the lung (pleura). It is commonly used for people with mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Medical thoracoscopy or pleuroscopy is a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure utilized by pulmonologists to evaluate, diagnose, and treat plueral pathologies of the lung, mainly pleural effusions. The term thoracoscopy creates confusion because it refers to both the medical and surgical procedures.
Pleurodesis is a procedure which involves putting a mildly irritant drug into the space between your lung and chest wall (the pleural space), on one side of your chest. This is done to try to 'stick' your lung to the wall of your chest and prevent a further collection of fluid or air in this space
What is pleurodesis procedure?
Pleurodesis is a procedure that sticks your lung to your chest wall. This procedure removes the space between your lung and your chest wall (pleural space) so that fluid or air no longer builds up between the layers.
A pleural biopsy is a procedure to take a small piece of the pleura. This is done with a special biopsy needle. Or it's done during surgery. The biopsy is done to look for infection, cancer, or another condition.
What does a pleural biopsy show?
Pleural biopsy is often done to find the cause of a collection of fluid around the lung (pleural effusion) or other abnormality of the pleural membrane. Pleural biopsy can diagnose tuberculosis, cancer, and other diseases.
Pleural tapping is a procedure to remove fluid from the space between the lining of the outside of the lungs (pleura) and the wall of the chest.
Intercoastal drainage tube insertion can help drain air, blood, or fluid from the pleural space, which is the space surrounding your lungs.
During chest tube insertion, a hollow plastic tube is inserted between your ribs into the pleural space. This tube may be connected to a machine to help with the drainage. The tube will stay in place until the fluid, blood, or air is drained from your chest.
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You may need a chest tube insertion if you have any of the following:
a lung infection like bacterial pneumonia complicated by collection of pus
pneumothorax, which is air around or outside the lung
bleeding around your lung, especially after a trauma (like a car accident)
fluid buildup due to another medical condition, like cancer or pneumonia
breathing difficulty due to a buildup of fluid or air
surgery, especially lung, heart, or esophageal surgery