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What is the normal procedure in a lung biopsy?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Dr. Michael Sanders
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: Depends

It all depends on the method of biopsy.
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In brief: Depends

It all depends on the method of biopsy.
Please provide more detail and I'll be happy to answer.
Dr. Michael Sanders
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Several ways

As noted, generally three types of approaches.
The radiologist can perform transthoracic needle biopsy. Surgeons and pulmonologists may perform bronchoscopic/transbronchial biopsies. Surgeons may perform surgical biopsies either by vats or open incision. For a surgical biopsy in 2013, it is standard to use a minimally invasive approach and not a thorocotomy.

In brief: Several ways

As noted, generally three types of approaches.
The radiologist can perform transthoracic needle biopsy. Surgeons and pulmonologists may perform bronchoscopic/transbronchial biopsies. Surgeons may perform surgical biopsies either by vats or open incision. For a surgical biopsy in 2013, it is standard to use a minimally invasive approach and not a thorocotomy.
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