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Mediastinoscopy

Mediastinoscopy

Mediastinoscopy is a surgical procedure to look at the inside of the upper chest between and in front of the lungs (mediastinum).

During a mediastinoscopy, a small cut (incision) is made in the neck just above the breastbone or on the left side of the chest next to the breastbone. Then a thin scope (mediastinoscope) is inserted through the opening. A tissue sample (biopsy) can be collected through the mediastinoscope and then examined under a microscope for lung problems, such as infection, inflammation, or cancer.

Current as of: October 26, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
David C. Stuesse MD - Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery