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How does thoracoscopy treat pleural cavity disorders?

Thoracoscopy is a medical procedure used to diagnose and help treat pleural cavity disorders. While you are under anesthesia, a surgeon makes several small incisions in your side. A tube with a video camera on the end is inserted in the incisions. This camera allows the surgeon to see the lungs and pleura. This images help to either determine a cause for the pleural cavity disorder or to administer medication that will keep fluids from returning to the cavity.

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