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Overview

Thoracoscopy is a medical procedure involving internal inspection of the pleural cavity. It was developed by Hans Christian Jacobaeus, a Swedish internist in 1910 for the treatment of tuberculous intra-thoracic adhesions. He used a cystoscope to examine the thoracic cavity, developing his technique over the next twenty years.

Thoracoscopy may be performed either under general anaesthesia or under sedation with local anaesthetic.

Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery

Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a surgical operation involving thoracoscopy, performed by a thoracic surgeon using general anaesthesia.


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