What is the role of mediastinoscopy in the workup of non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)?

Updated: Jun 05, 2020
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Nagla Abdel Karim, MD, PhD  more...
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Mediastinoscopy may be used to obtain tissue from cancer that has infiltrated into the mediastinum. [56] It is usually performed to evaluate the status of enlarged mediastinal lymph nodes (seen on CT scan) before attempting definitive surgical resection of lung cancer.


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