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Flexible Pleuroscopy

  • What is a Flexible Pleuroscopy?

    A pleuroscopy is a medical examination that allows your doctor to visualise the space between your lung and the chest wall, called the pleural cavity. The pleural cavity allows the best performance of the lungs during breathing. An instrument called a pleuroscope, a thin tube with a camera attachment, is inserted through the chest wall. The procedure does not usually need general anaesthesia, but with conscious sedation (medication that makes you sleepy and relaxed). Sometimes an ultrasound may be used to find the most suitable point for the pleuroscope entry.

  • Pleuroscopy is used to diagnose the cause of the abnormal build-up of fluid in the pleural cavity. This examination allows your doctor to visualise the pleural cavity and perform biopsies (collecting tissue samples), while guided by video images, to diagnose the cause of the fluid build up. Medications can sometimes be sprayed onto the pleural surface during the procedure to stop fluid build up from happening again.

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