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Why does open lung biopsy have a high mortality rate?

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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
It does not really: The biopsy itself is not the problem -- but the underlying disease. If it has compromised the ability of the lung to function, then opening the lung and chest for a biopsy is risky.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
It shouldn't: In all honesty, one should closely exam what is happening if a surgeon's outcomes have a "high mortality rate". While surgical lung biopsy is "major surgery", surgical lung biopsy performed by a well trained thoracic surgeon should not have a "high mortality rate". A well trained thoracic surgeon will perform over 85+% of lung biopsies by minimally invasive approach with a low mortality rate.

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