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What is the definition or description of: lung biopsy?

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Dr. William Nyman
Radiology 38 years experience
Obtaining tissue: Obtaining a small piece of lung tissue where there is a suspected abnormality. It is obtained either by bronchoscopy where a small scope is passed down the trachea. Needle biopsy can also be performed through the chest wall using ct guidance. Less common is open biopsy. This is done in the operating room.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Tissue: Lung biopsy is a procedure to obtain a piece of lung tissue for analysis. This can potentially be done in several ways. 1. Radiologist can perform a needle biopsy (trans-thoracic) 2. Surgeon or pulmonologist can perform biopsy during bronchoscopy (trans-bronchial biopsy) 3. Thoracic surgeon can perform a surgical biopsy. If surgical biopsy is performed, generally standard to use vats technique.

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