U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is a lung biopsy done while you are awake?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert WorthingtonKirsch
Phlebology 35 years experience
Depends: That depends on the type of biopsy. A percutaneous biopsy done by an interventional radiologist under fluoroscopy or ct guidance is usually done with local anesthesia. The patient has to be awake to cooperate with breath-holding when needed. Sometimes a mild sedative is given.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
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.
Dr. Michael Sanders
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

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Jun 5, 2017

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.