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Regarding open lung biopsy with a camera -how dangerous is this procedure?

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Risks exist: While done often by experienced thoracic surgeons (vats), it is chest surgery (major surgery). There are risks and benefits. This link may help: http://goo.Gl/pn73i.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Low risk: Except if for extensive unknown lung disease with hypoxia and specific personal high risk. General anesthesia, double lumen airway, small port holes and video assisted with use of scope and staples.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Open lung biopsy with a camera -how dangerous is this?

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Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Safe: Small risk of bleeding and pneumothorax. May have a small chest tube after. Obtains large amount of tissue for diagnosis and can remove the lesion.

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Last updated Apr 28, 2013

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