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What is the protocol with flying after biopsies? can you fly 2 days after a lung biopsy, if you don't punctur the lung and all is well after procedure

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Dr. Roberta Beals
Family Medicine 28 years experience
NO: The change in altitude can make a small leak a big one. Do not fly until released by your physician.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Sure: If there have been no complications from the biopsy it's safe to fly.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Risks: In general, many centers advise no flying, high altitude travel, scuba diving, etc... For six weeks after lung biopsy. However, the risk and/or recommendations will greatly depend on what type of lung biopsy was performed. Each patient is distinct and the answer must come from discussion with specific physician/team that performs biopsy.

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Last updated Apr 11, 2019

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