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Why does open lung biopsy have a high mortality rate?
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Lester Thompson
Dr. Lester Thompson
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: It shouldn't
In all honesty, one should closely exam what is happening if a surgeon's outcomes have a "high mortality rate".
While surgical lung biopsy is "major surgery", surgical lung biopsy performed by a well trained thoracic surgeon should not have a "high mortality rate". A well trained thoracic surgeon will perform over 85+% of lung biopsies by minimally invasive approach with a low mortality rate.

In brief: It shouldn't
In all honesty, one should closely exam what is happening if a surgeon's outcomes have a "high mortality rate".
While surgical lung biopsy is "major surgery", surgical lung biopsy performed by a well trained thoracic surgeon should not have a "high mortality rate". A well trained thoracic surgeon will perform over 85+% of lung biopsies by minimally invasive approach with a low mortality rate.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Dr. Loki Skylizard
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