What is a mediastinoscopy?

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The mediastinum is the area inside of the upper chest, between and in front of the lungs. A mediastinoscopy is a surgical procedure done to examine this area. A long, thin, flexible lighted tube (mediastinoscope) is used to visualize the organs and structures of the mediastinum.

The primary reason for mediastinoscopy is to examine and biopsy lymph nodes. This is done to help identify disease processes that may be present in the mediastinum and lungs.

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