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How does video-assisted thoracoscopy diagnose pulmonary fibrosis?

Video-assisted thoracoscopy is a surgical procedure where lung tissue samples are taken for examination to diagnose pulmonary fibrosis. This procedure is used more often than bronchoscopy because it makes it possible to take larger tissue samples from the lungs. During video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, your doctor makes a few small cuts between your ribs, then inserts a small camera along with surgical instruments that can retrieve samples using the camera as a guide. Before this hospital procedure, you will be put to sleep.

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