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Thoracoscopy is a minimal invasive procedure traditionally performed to diagnose and/or treat pleural lung disease. Your pleura is a large, thin sheet of tissue that wraps around the outside of your lungs and lines the inside of your chest cavity. Patients with pleural thickening or pleural effusions (pleural fluid) and who are determined to have lung cancer, chylothorax, lymphoma, mesothelioma, metastatic cancers, or benign conditions, such as congestive heart failure, may be eligible for this procedure. Most patients have reoccurring accumulation of pleural fluid resulting in breathing issues, chest pain, cough, and the inability to lie flat.
Thoracoscopy allows the physician visualization of the lung pleura to diagnose the cause of the pleural fluid and the ability to apply medication to prevent further fluid from returning. UC San Diego Medical Center is proud to offer our patients this minimally invasive procedure.
At UC San Diego Medical Center’s Interventional Pulmonology Unit, the following interventional pulmonologists specialize in performing medical thoracoscopy:
All referrals will still have the option of continuing their treatment with their primary care physicians after the medical thoracoscopy.
For an appointment, for more information, or to find out how to refer a patient, please contact the Interventional Pulmonology Unit, 619-543-5840.
Interventional PulmonologyUC San Diego Medical Center, 3rd Floor, South Wing200 West Arbor DriveSan Diego, CA 619-543-5840
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