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How is a mediastinoscopy performed?

A mediastinoscopy (a surgical procedure done to examine the mediastinum -- the area inside of the upper chest, between and in front of the lungs) may be done on an outpatient basis, or as part of your stay in the hospital. It is done while you are asleep under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes a small incision in the neck above the tip of the sternum and inserts the scope. The mediastinum can be seen, and tissue samples of lymph nodes can be obtained for biopsy.

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