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What is a Pleuroscopy?

It can be difficult for doctors to visualize exactly what causes a person’s lung problems. However, there are many surgeries available to help diagnose these issues. The benefit of diagnostic surgeries is that they present medical professionals with clear pictures of what is occurring inside a patient’s body while being minimally invasive. One such diagnostic surgery is a pleuroscopy. Pleuroscopy can be used to diagnose mesothelioma, a rare and dangerous cancer of the mesothelium.

Mesothelioma and other lung conditions such as asbestosis are virtually always caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was used in a myriad of products before it was banned in the late 1980s. However, diseases related to inhalation of this fibrous mineral often do not manifest themselves for decades after initial exposure. The Mesothelioma & Asbestos Help Center can help you find answers to questions you may have about asbestos and the conditions it causes. Please take a moment to fill out our contact form to learn more about the services we offer.

The Pleuroscopy Procedure

Pleuroscopy is a type of thoracoscopy that is used to examine the lungs. In a pleuroscopy, the surgeon makes several tiny incisions through which he or she can insert a small tube with a camera and collection equipment. This allows the medical team to look things that seem abnormal as well as collect samples without harming the patient.

Pleuroscopy is most commonly performed under general anesthesia. During the surgery, the lung that is being investigated is deflated in order to give the camera room to examine it. The patient is put on a ventilator to facilitate his or her breathing while staff monitors it to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Pleuroscopy can have complications in people who have a history of blood clots and heart disease. Additionally, deflating the lung also holds some dangers. However, the information your physicians can gain through the process may prove to be invaluable to saving your life.

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