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What is the difference between a thoracoscopy and a thoracotomy?

Doctors may perform a thoracoscopy or thoracotomy to diagnose malignant mesothelioma. A thoracoscopy enables doctors to look inside your chest using a small tube with a camera on it. The doctors place the tube through a small opening in the skin between your ribs. A thoracotomy involves opening the chest to look for cancerous tissue.

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