What is the difference between a thoracoscopy and a thoracotomy?

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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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Diagnostic Procedures

Diagnostic Procedures

Allergy tests, echocardiograms, biopsies, semen analysis and spinal taps are just a few of the medical diagnostic procedures that are performed on patients diagnose diseases and conditions. These classification procedures do not i...

nvolve x-ray imaging or a surgical procedure, but, involve taking measurements and samples of fluids, tissues and cells. Learn more about diagnostic procedures from our experts.
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