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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Mediastinoscopy (Overview)

The suffix -oscopy means to visualize through a scope. The mediastinum is the area of the chest between the lungs. The heart, great vessels, trachea, esophagus , thymus , lymphatics and lymph nodes are all part of the mediastinum. A small incision in the neck and a scope is passed along the outside of the trachea into the mediastinum. This is done for lymphnode biopsy.


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Is mediastinoscopy a very common procedure?

Is mediastinoscopy a very common procedure?

Depends: Some thoracic surgeons perform mediastinoscopies routinely, while others perfomr mediastinoscopies only occasionally, if at all. ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
147 doctors shared insights

Mediastinoscopy (Overview)

The suffix -oscopy means to visualize through a scope. The mediastinum is the area of the chest between the lungs. The heart, great vessels, trachea, esophagus , thymus , lymphatics and lymph nodes are all part of the mediastinum. A small incision in the neck and a scope is passed along the outside of the trachea into the mediastinum. This is done for lymphnode biopsy.


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What is the definition or description of: mediastinoscopy?

View of mediastinum: The suffix -oscopy means to visualize through a scope. The mediastinum is the area of the chest between the lungs. The heart, great vessels, trachea, esophagus , thymus , lymphatics and lymph nodes are all part of the mediastinum. A small incision in the neck and a scope is passed along the outside of the trachea into the mediastinum. This is done for lymphnode biopsy. ...Read more

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Do doctors ever open up the lungs to figure out what's wrong?

Do doctors ever open up the lungs to figure out what's wrong?

Many options: No, not exactly. There are occasions to do exploratory thoracic surgery (enter the chest) and obtain biopsies. Ideally this will be minimally invasive, i.e. Vats/robotic. In addition, you can perform a bronchoscopy to inspect the airway or mediastinsocpy to sample enlarged or abnormal lymph nodes around the airway. ...Read more

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Cit scan showed non specific lymph nodes in mediastinum area. Should i go for biospy?

Cit scan showed non specific lymph nodes in mediastinum area. Should i go for biospy?

Probably not based: on the CT appearance. Talk to your doctor about whether your clinical situation warrants further evaluation of the lymph nodes. ...Read more

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What causes an abnormal lymph node near heart?

What causes an abnormal lymph node near heart?

Most probably you: Are talking about a mediastinal adenopathy. They can be located at the anterior, middle and posterior part of the mediastinal compartment. Infection vs tumor have to be diagnosed quickly. A pulmonary physician should be involved in the process with a cardiothoracic surgeon. Chest x ray and ct of chest usually done during evaluation. Possibly a biopsy by bronchoscopy, ct guided or mediastinoscopy. ...Read more

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I could possibly have lung cancer, what happens during this?

I could possibly have lung cancer, what happens during this?

Varies: Mass, spot on lung x-ray ct scan possibly: bronchoscope needle biopsy or removal by vats or open operation. If mediastinal nodes or pet scan may have mediastinoscopy. ...Read more

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How do you test for lung cancer? What kind of tests do you need to have to check if you have lung cancer?

How do you test for lung cancer? What kind of tests do you need to have to check if you have lung cancer?

CT screening: If there is specific lesion, biopsies will need to be obtained. Ct scan is used to screen. Lung cancer is often silent until late. However, there is screening for appropriate candidates to help find it early. The following link may help: http://goo.Gl/oqvsp. ...Read more

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Ct shows slightly enlarged mediastinal node. What is best way to rule out malignancy. Stage 2B bc diagnosis 4/13. Calcifications on thyroid. Cysts on liver?

Ct shows slightly enlarged mediastinal node. What is best way to rule out malignancy. Stage 2B bc diagnosis 4/13. Calcifications on thyroid. Cysts on liver?

See Endo and Oncolog: You report calcifications in the thyroid. This should be evaluated by and endocrinologist. If small (micro) calcifications it is more concerning and given h/o breast cancer should be evaluated by your oncologist to make sure not a recurrence. Imaging can help and depending on site of lymph node biopsy might be possible for more definitive answer. ...Read more

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Blood pressure is 166 over 100. I am 6 foot tall and 95kg no smoke or alcohol and play a little sport regular. I mostly watch my diet. Should i worry?

Blood pressure is 166 over 100. I am 6 foot tall and 95kg no smoke or alcohol and play a little sport regular. I mostly watch my diet. Should i worry?

YES: The first thing to do is to get a home blood pressure kit. The one you put on your upper arm, not the wrist. Usually people get the battery-powered unit which can be used without another person. Take numerous readings at different times on both arms. Record all these and discuss with your Dr. Modern BP meds are easy to take, safe, not expensive. Besides exercise and diet, consider a statin and asp ...Read more

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