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When should you see a thoracic surgeon?

You should consider seeing a thoracic surgeon if you are experiencing any of the following conditions or symptoms related to the chest or thoracic region:

1. Lung cancer or tumors

2. Chest trauma or injury

3. Thoracic (chest) pain or discomfort

4. Persistent cough or difficulty breathing

5. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

6. Pleural effusion (fluid buildup around the lungs)

7. Pneumothorax (collapsed lung) 8. Mediastinal tumors