What type of anesthesia is used to perform a medical thoracoscopy (pleuroscopy)?

Updated: Apr 18, 2019
  • Author: Rajiv Malhotra, DO, MS, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Anesthesia

Medical thoracoscopy is generally performed in an endoscopy suite. Moderate sedation with local anesthesia is used in a manner similar to inserting a chest tube in a conscious patient. Epinephrine can be added to the lidocaine to minimize bleeding at the trocar insertion site.


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