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Should a biopsy be done on the lung if has pneumonia?

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Dr. Michael Turner
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Generally not: If pneumonia is community acquired, your physician will usually treat you with antibiotics given normal flora present in your community. Biopsy is not required unless the pneumonia does not resolve and there might be cause for concern when considering your medical history. In such cases, a bronchoscopy may be required. This is rare if only a pneumonia is concerned.

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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