What is Thoracoscopy?
Thoracoscopy is a procedure a doctor uses to look inside the chest cavity. This is done with a thoracoscope, a thin, flexible tube with a light, and a small video camera on the end. The tube is put in through a small cut made near the lower end of the shoulder blade between the ribs. Thoracoscopy is sometimes called VATS which is short forvideo-assistedthoracic surgery.
When do you need a Thoracoscopy?
There are a few reasons you might need to have thoracoscopy:
This test is used to look for the causes of problems in the lungs (such as trouble breathing or coughing up blood).
Thoracoscopy can be used to look at an abnormal area seen on an imaging test (such as achest x-rayorCT scan). It also can be used to takebiopsy samplesof the chest wall or the lining of the lung (pleura). It is commonly used for people withinfection, mesothelioma, andlung cancer.
Thoracoscopy can be done to remove excess fluid that is around the lung and causing trouble breathing. This fluid can also be sent to the lab and checked for cancer or infection. If fluid around the lungs is removedbut builds up again, medicine can be put into the chest cavity with a thoracoscope to keep the fluid from coming back (pleurodesis).