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What is a video-assisted thoracoscopy (VATS) for a solitary pulmonary nodule (SPN)?

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Video-assisted thoracoscopy (VATS) is performed with the help of a thoracoscope (a flexible, lighted tube with a tiny camera at the end) inserted into the chest through a small cut on the chest wall. The camera displays the image on a TV screen, and the surgeon uses the display to guide the operation. This is an option that may be used to remove the nodule for both treatment and for confirming diagnosis.

From: Solitary Pulmonary Nodule WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: Solitary Pulmonary Nodule from eMedicineHealth. American Lung Association: "Lung Cancer Fact Sheet." UpToDate: "Diagnostic evaluation of the incidental pulmonary nodule." CDC: "Nocardiosis."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 21, 2017

SOURCE: Solitary Pulmonary Nodule from eMedicineHealth. American Lung Association: "Lung Cancer Fact Sheet." UpToDate: "Diagnostic evaluation of the incidental pulmonary nodule." CDC: "Nocardiosis."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 21, 2017

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