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Other "oscopies"

In all of the "oscopies" described so far, the scope has been inserted through a natural opening in the body. However, in the following five types of "oscopies", an actual incision is made and the instrument is inserted into the body space that is to be examined.

Culdoscopy

Visual examination of the female pelvic viscera by means of an endoscope introduced through the posterior vaginal wall into that part of the pelvic cavity known as the rectovaginal pouch or cul de sac.

Laparoscopy

Examination of intra-abdominal structures by means of an illuminated tubular instrument (laparoscope) inserted through a small incision in the abdominal wall.

Mediastinoscopy

Examination of the mediastinum by means of a tubular instrument permitting direct inspection of the area between the lungs.

Peritoneoscopy

Examination of the peritoneal cavity by an instrument inserted through the abdominal wall (See also laparoscopy).

Thoracoscopy

Direct examination of the pleural cavity by means of an endoscope which is inserted into the cavity through an intercostal space.

Access an example of a mediastinoscopy report (Manipulative Procedures Example 13). Abstract what you think is pertinent, then check with the suggested abstraction.