The space between the lungs and the chest wall is called the pleural space. The pleura is a thin membrane that lines the surface of the lungs and the inside of the chest wall outside of the lungs. Problems can develop if the pleural space fills with air or with fluid. It can fill with air if there is an abnormality of the lung tissue or damage to the chest from an injury such as a car accident. If lung tissue is damaged, air can escape into the pleural space, and the air can compress the lung and impair breathing (known commonly as a “collapsed lung”).
Interventional pulmonologists can use a pleuroscope to look directly into the pleural space, identify problems and obtain tissue samples. With pleuroscopy, a patient is sedated and the scope is passed into the pleural space through a small incision in the chest wall.
Departments Specializing in Pleuroscopy
Departments at Cooper where pleuroscopy is performed:
Physicians Who Specialize in Pleuroscopy
Our pleuroscopy specialists include: