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.

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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...

Lung nodules in 3 lobes of smoker. 9mm does not enhance ; no calcificat. Does this suggest small cell or large cell cancer? Needle biopsy scheduled.

Lung nodules. Clearly in face of smoking a worrisome finding. Biopsy appropriate. Read more...
Could be benign. The 3 nonenhancing lesions that are noncalcified could be benign or malignant. If malignant, could be small or large cell or could be spread there from another site(metastatic). Read more...
- Hard to predict based on radiographic findings; should wait for results of biopsy. Read more...

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...
Risks. Main risks: pneumothorax, infection, bleeding, other organ injury. Discuss risks with your doctor before the consent and procedure. Read more...

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?

Trust your Dr. Sticking a needle in anything is always risky. Your doctor will have to decide if the lesion on the cat scan looks suspicious enough to warrant that risk. Oftentimes we will recheck another cat scan in about six months to see if there has been an interval change. I would trust your doctors judgment on this. Read more...
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...
High risk patient. If a mass looks suspicious on chestct scan, and the patient is high risk (current or former smoker, age >40) and surgery is an option, then a needle biopsy may not be necessary given the potential of a false negative. Read more...

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...
Targeted biopsy~GPS. It is a minimally invasive method (as opposed to an open lung biopsy) that uses the cat scan to guide the trajectory of the needle to its target via the safest pathe to minimize damage to critical structures and ensure that the desired tissues are sampled for analysis. It is similar to gps for your car. Read more...

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?

Wait for result. Yes, lymphoma is a possibility. There is also relationship between autoimmune disorder like rheumatoid arthritis and certain type of lymphoma. However, i recommend you to wait until you have the result of the biopsy then you can discuss further in detail about what to do. Read more...
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...