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Why does open lung biopsy have a high mortality rate?

Why does open lung biopsy have a high mortality rate?

It does not really: The biopsy itself is not the problem -- but the underlying disease. If it has compromised the ability of the lung to function, then opening the lung and chest for a biopsy is risky. ...Read more

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Dr. William Nyman
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Lung Biopsy (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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

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

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. ...Read more

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Open lung biopsy scheduled and I didn't really catch what is involved?

Discuss: In general, agree with dr. Arenberg's answer/description of procedure. But, the specifics for you depend on why you are having a biopsy. If it is for an isolated area, it may be a single piece of lung tissue. Biopsy for generalized lung disease diagnosis may require between 3-4 pieces of lung tissue being excised. Well trained thoracic surgeon will perform over 85% of lung biopsies by vats. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What to do if I am having an open lung biopsy n the 26th?

Various approaches: A lung biopsy if most often performed for a well defined lesion. At your age the chance of malignancy is slight. Biopsy if necessary can be done transbronchial and if more needed, a thorascopic biopsy without opening the chest can be performed. ...Read more

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I had a open lung biopsy and thoracotomy less then 2months ago I am having ruq pain and numbness is this normal. ?

I had a open lung biopsy and thoracotomy less then 2months ago I am having ruq pain and numbness is this normal. ?

Numbness: I am assuming your numbness is near the incision which you had for the surgery. If that is the case numbness as a result of having the small cutaneous nerves which travel along the skin is common. With incisions in the chest wall pain can take months to resolve. As always, however, i would recommend you discuss your symptoms with your surgeon to be sure other ominous sources are not responsible. ...Read more

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Had a lung biopsy for interstitial lung disease what is some side effects ?

Depends...: Did you have an open lung biopsy or a biopsy via bronchoscopy? The more common is via bronchoscopy and the side effects of this include coughing up some blood, which should be small amounts and should stop after a few days. Other possible side effects include low grade fever, cough. If you are coughing significant amounts of blood, high fever or short of breath, then you need to go to the er. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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