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Doctor insights on: What Happens When A Lung Is Punctured During A Biopsy

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What are the chances of lung collapse during a biopsy?

What are the chances of lung collapse during a biopsy?

CT is higher: The risk from a ct guided lung biopsy is approximately 25%. Underlying emphysema would make a collapsed lung more likely. Biopsy of a mass resting against the chest wall would be less likely to cause collapse. I am not sure about the discrepancy between the two answers. I do ct guided lung biopsies all the time, and have the same collapse rates as other docs in my group. ...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


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Can a liver biopsy puncture my lung?

Can a liver biopsy puncture my lung?

Possible: The liver is right under the lung separted by the diaphragm. If a lesion is up high in the liver near the edge that runs near the lung it is possible. Using ct and going to a doctor trained in doing biopsies of the liver should reduce the risk of this complication to a minimum. ...Read more

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How long does a kid stay typically inpatient after a lung biopsy during bronchoscopy for a trached 7yo? (crappy breathing, otherwise "ok")

Variable: A bronchoscopy with or without biopsy is fairly straightforward. The general description you've provided suggests a child that at baseline is chronically ill. Chances are the length of stay is more a matter of how long the child needs to recover from anesthesia in relation to baseline breathing challenges. Often this can be over night or it can be several days in a chronically ill child. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of having a lung biopsy?

What are the dangers of having a lung biopsy?

Safe test: For ct guided lung biopsy there is also risk of pneumothorax, bleeding, and infection. Very rare that someone dies. See radinfo.Org. ...Read more

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I had a nodgle biopsied between my kidney and lung what are thryblooking for?

I had a nodgle biopsied between my kidney and lung what are thryblooking for?

What it is: Presumably they are looking to see what the unexpected nodule is, and to make sure it isn't cancer. If it is cancer, your physicians want to know what sort, so they can recommend appropriate treatments to you. ...Read more

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3.3 cm mass on husband's left lung. Not there a year ago, at all. Referred for biopsy. Should we be worried? 59 y/o, long time smoker.

3.3 cm mass on husband's left lung.  Not there a year ago, at all.  Referred for biopsy.  Should we be worried?  59 y/o, long time smoker.

Worry yes: But give up no. If this is an isolated lesion and is bad, he may need to have it removed and maybe other treatment. Thankfully he has a yearly CXR to watch for this very problem. Hopefully the biopsy is soon. All the best to your husband and your family. Some lung lesions are OK. ...Read more

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Is a lung biopsy done while you are awake?

Is a lung biopsy done while you are awake?

Depends: That depends on the type of biopsy. A percutaneous biopsy done by an interventional radiologist under fluoroscopy or ct guidance is usually done with local anesthesia. The patient has to be awake to cooperate with breath-holding when needed. Sometimes a mild sedative is given. ...Read more

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What is the normal procedure in a lung biopsy?

What is the normal procedure in a lung biopsy?

Procedure specific: There are 3 different ways to do a lung biopsy. Ct guided uses a needle inserted thru the chest while taking ct scan images. Bronchoscopic involves running a flexible tube into the windpipe. Surgical biopsy involves cuts in the chest, either using a rigid tube (vats), or larger incision for an open biopsy. ...Read more

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What is the general procedure for a lung biopsy?

What is the general procedure for a lung biopsy?

Several types: • Several approaches are used for lung bx to obtain enough tissue for histologic exam. The simplest is the Needle biopsy. With local anesthesia a needle is guided through the chest wall into a suspicious area CT or CAT scan or fluoroscopy. A transbronchial biopsy is performed through a fiberoptic bronchoscope and a Thoracoscopic biopsy is used with general anesthesia and also allows bx. ...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