Medical Thoracoscopy and Indwelling Pleural Catheters

Pulmonology Hospital in Goa

Medical throracoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to examine the pleural cavity, which is basically the space between the two layers of tissue inside the lungs. During the procedure, the doctor will make a small incision in the chest wall and insert a small tube with a camera on the end, called a thoracoscope, into the pleural cavity. Through a very small incision, interventional pulmonologists perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures inside the chest, including pleural biopsies for diagnostic purposes, placement of chest tubes to enable the removal of fluid over time, and pleurodesis, or fusion of the two pleural layers, to prevent fluid or air from building up again. To know more about Medical Thoracoscopy and Indwelling Pleural Catheters in Goa, book an appointment.

Indwelling pleural or Tunneled pleural catheter — When pleural fluid accumulates persistently in the pleural space leading to the compression of lung tissue and making patients feel shortness of breath even when performing routine activities, a tunnelled pleural catheter is placed under the skin in the side of the chest wall and into this space to enable the draining of the fluid. This procedure results in an improved quality of life and it is recommended for treating pleurodesis and benign and malignant pleural effusions.