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Does lung needle biopsy hurt?

Does  lung needle biopsy hurt?

Not if done right: Lungs have very few nerve endings within the lung. If done by a skilled doctor biopsy thru the skin (ie guide by a scanner) can cause pressure and a feeling of fullness but minimal pain. The level of discomfort relates to how accessible the nodule or mass is for the biopsy needle. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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What should I know about a needle lung biopsy? My doctor wants to do a needle biopsy of my lung as an outpatient. What are the risks of this procedure?

What should I know about a needle lung biopsy? My doctor wants to do a needle biopsy of my lung as an outpatient. What are the risks of this procedure?

A : A needle biopsy of the lung is very useful in diagnosing many pathological pulmonary conditions. However, like any other procedure it is associated with some risks. The type of procedure you are referring to is a called a ct-guided percutaneous needle biopsy. This procedure involves inserting a needle through the skin and chest wall to the area of the lung where the biopsy is to be taken, all under the accurate direction of a ct scan (a type of x-ray). The main risk of this procedure is developing a collapsed lung. The doctor doing the procedure will check for this complication after the procedure is completed. Most cases of a pneumothorax are easily manageable and simply just need to be observed until the body heals itself, however, a minority will require another procedure (and rarely surgery) to fix it. Other extremely rare risks include bleeding and the introduction of infection into the lung (pneumonia or empyema). These are extremely rare complications as precautions are always made to prevent these, e.g. Using sterile technique and also testing blood prior to the procedure to check that you do not have a predisposition to excessive bleeding. ...Read more

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Treating a Collapsed Lung (Checklist)

Go to the ER for x-rays and initial treatment
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Use high flow oxygen
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Needle biopsy in lungs shows lungs carcinoma after operation its show nothing how ? can u have idea why

Needle biopsy  in lungs shows lungs carcinoma 
after operation  its show nothing how ?
can u have idea why

Good outcome: It appears your initial biopsy had findings that raised concern for cancer but that concern was laid to rest after actual material was obtained at operation. This type of misleading finding on a needle biopsy can come from a lot of non cancerous conditions such as infection, non specific inflammation etc. I am happy for you that the final outcome was good. ...Read more

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Treating a Lung Nodule (Checklist)

Recognize that most nodules are benign scars, not malignant
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Remember to obtain any previous images possibly showing nodule
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Research whether it's best to follow the nodule or to biopsy it
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Can you tell on a CT scan if it is lung cancer or something else? What reasons wouldn't a dr do a needle biopsy?

Can you tell on a CT scan if it is lung cancer or something else? What reasons wouldn't a dr do a needle biopsy?

Sometimes: Certain things appear on ct scan, have characteristics of an old scar. No biopsy is needed. Certain spots are too small, too far, too dangerous to reach with a needle. ...Read more

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They found a spot or scar on my left lung. After 6 months they want to do a CT guided needle biopsy. What is this?

They found a spot or scar on my left lung. After 6 months they want to do a CT guided needle biopsy. What is this?

CT guided biopsy: When a spot is close enough to the chest wall, interventional radiologists are able to use ct scan pictures to guide a small needle into a spot. Normally, when a spot is found, we follow it with ct scans. It it looks like it's getting bigger, we plan for a ct guided biopsy to find out what it is. When the spot is away from the chest wall we consider bronchoscopy vs surgical removal. ...Read more

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I have ra, i had a mass on my chest, so they did ct-guided needle biopsy where the thymus is! doc has told me its not sarcoid, but could be lymphoma?

I have ra, i had a mass on my chest, so they did ct-guided needle biopsy where the thymus is! doc has told me its not sarcoid, but could be lymphoma?

Thymus: May be the source of the mass, and it could be invasive ornon-invasive. Thymomais associated with rheumatologic/auto-immune conditions. Lymphoma is another prospect, more rare are germ cell tumors (teratoma) and substernal thyroid. Sarcoid can involve any node bearing areas. ...Read more

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I have pleural mass in left lung 5cm I did the biopsy needle but the result was insufficient..how can make sure that mass is cancer or not?

I have pleural mass in left lung 5cm I did the biopsy needle but the result was insufficient..how can make sure that mass is cancer or not?

Repeat biopsy: The way to make sure is with an adequate tissue specimen (from a biopsy). It is unfortunate that you had one, and it was insufficient. If you are willing to try it again, that may be your best choice. I'm assuming the biopsy was done with CT guidance. If it was not, then a biopsy with CT guidance may be helpful in confirming needle placement. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Needle Biopsy (Definition)

A needle biopsy (or fine needle aspiration) is a procedure whereby a thin needle (similar to one the is used for drawing blood), is guided into a lesion and cells are obtained and then placed immediately onto a glass slide for evaluation under the microscope. Unlike a biopsy where "chunks" of tissue are obtained, a fna often obtains only several drops of fluid that ...Read more


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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more