(Cervical Mediastinoscopy; Cervical Mediastinal Exploration; CME)
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Reasons for Procedure
- Cancer of the lungs , bronchi, and chest tissue
- Lymphoma—cancer in the lymphatic system, such as Hodgkin’s disease
- Sarcoidosis —a condition that causes swelling (inflammation) in organs like the lungs, liver, lymph nodes, and spleen
- Chylothorax—leakage of lymphatic fluid into the chest
- Damage to organs in the chest
- Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
- Previous mediastinoscopy or chest or neck surgery
- Diabetes or other chronic disease
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Take any medications before the procedure
- Stop taking certain medications before the procedure
- You will be asked to remove any jewelry, glasses, contact lenses, or dentures.
- Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any allergies.
- You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure.
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- You will be taken to the recovery room after the procedure until the anesthetic wears off.
- Achest x-ray may be ordered to check for bleeding or air inside your chest space.
Call Your Doctor
- Redness, swelling, pain, or bleeding from the wound
- Chest pain
- Swelling in the neck
- Difficulty swallowing
- Hoarseness that lasts for more than a few days or worsens
- Shortness of breath
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Joint pain, fatigue, stiffness, rash, or other new symptoms
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American Lung Association http://www.lungusa.org
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 02/2015 -
- Update Date: 06/20/2013 -
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