A 43-year-old member asked:
Is a lung biopsy done while you are awake?
3 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Phlebology 35 years experience
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Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: In addition to the other answer provided, some surgeons in very select cases, will perform surgical biopsy with mild sedation and local anesthetic. It is not the ideal way, but can be done if necessary.
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Pulmonology 16 years experience
Depends: If it's a CT guided biopsy, you are awake, but usually given something like a valium. If it is a bronchoscopic biopsy, then you are usually sedated, but not put under general anesthesia. An open lung biopsy is done via general anesthesia
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Last updated Jun 5, 2017
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