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What is the normal procedure in a lung biopsy?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Procedure specific: There are 3 different ways to do a lung biopsy. Ct guided uses a needle inserted thru the chest while taking ct scan images. Bronchoscopic involves running a flexible tube into the windpipe. Surgical biopsy involves cuts in the chest, either using a rigid tube (vats), or larger incision for an open biopsy.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Several ways: As noted, generally three types of approaches. The radiologist can perform transthoracic needle biopsy. Surgeons and pulmonologists may perform bronchoscopic/transbronchial biopsies. Surgeons may perform surgical biopsies either by vats or open incision. For a surgical biopsy in 2013, it is standard to use a minimally invasive approach and not a thorocotomy.
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 16 years experience
Depends: It all depends on the method of biopsy. Please provide more detail and I'll be happy to answer.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the general procedure for a lung biopsy?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Several types: • Several approaches are used for lung bx to obtain enough tissue for histologic exam. The simplest is the Needle biopsy. With local anesthesia a needle is guided through the chest wall into a suspicious area CT or CAT scan or fluoroscopy. A transbronchial biopsy is performed through a fiberoptic bronchoscope and a Thoracoscopic biopsy is used with general anesthesia and also allows bx.

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