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Principle :

Mediastinoscopy is exploration of the mediastinum (the anatomical area between the lungs) by an endoscope. The examination involves introducing the endoscope through an incision of some 3 cm made at the base of the neck.
The aim of mediastinoscopy is to extract lymphatic ganglions for analysis by an anatomopathologist, with the aim of arriving at a diagnosis or compiling a tumour extent chart


Technical details of the examination:



Mediastinoscopy is carried out in a hospital, under general anaesthetic. It requires a stay in hospital lasting 24-48 hours, and a basic operability examination (ECG, blood test and chest X-ray). For patients suffering from associated cardiovascular diseases, some other pre-operative examinations may be carried out (consultation with anaesthetists, cardiac examinations etc).

Possible complications linked to the procedure (1/100 to 1/1000)

- Haematoma.
- Pneumothorax.
- Change in voice quality for some time.
- Infection at the operation site.
- Haemorrhage.
The risks inherent in any general anaesthesia also apply.


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