Flexible Pleuroscopy

At Gleneagles Hospitals, our specialists may recommend Pleuroscopies in order to better visualise the spaces between your lungs and the wall of your chest (pleural cavity). This area helps with optimising the performance of your lungs when you breath. An instrument called the Pleuroscope consists of a thin tube with a camera attached and is then inserted into the chest wall. The procedure does not usually require general anaesthesia and is instead carried out with conscious sedation (medication that makes you sleepy and relaxed). In certain cases, an ultrasound might be recommended in order to more accurately determine the most suitable location for Pleuroscope entry.

When should I get a Pleuroscopy?

Certain conditions that cause abnormal build-up of fluid in the pleural cavity might signal to your doctor to carry out a Pleuroscopy. This allows them to perform biopsies and collect tissue specimens of the lung while being guided by accurate video images and finally diagnose the root cause of your fluid accumulation. Sometimes, medication can be sprayed onto the pleural surface during the procedure in order to halt any fluid re-accumulation.

Where is this treatment available?

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