Lung Biopsy

Also known as: lung needle biopsy, transthoracic lung biopsy.

What is lung biopsy?

A biopsy is a medical procedure that is used to remove a small piece of tissue from the body, typically to examine and diagnose it for a disease. In the case of the lungs, this biopsy is often performed with a large needle to minimize the impact on other parts of the body.  

What happens during the procedure?

After the patient is given a sedative, a small incision is made on the chest. Then the needle is inserted through the skin and the chest wall until it reaches the lungs. The tissue is sucked up through the needle and is typically taken to a laboratory for analysis. Open biopsies the require larger incisions to the chest can also be performed.

Is any special preparation needed? 

X-rays or CT scans are typically administered prior to the lung biopsy in order to pinpoint the precise spot where the biopsy should occur.

What are the risk factors? 

Infection, bleeding, pain, collapsed lung or damage to surrounding organs and tissues are potential risks of lung biopsy.

 

Reviewed by: Antonio Rodriguez, MD

This page was last updated on: 6/15/2018 8:52:34 AM


Upcoming Events

Ventilation Assisted Children's Center (VACC) Camp

VACC Camp is a week-long sleep-away camp for children requiring ventilator assistance (tracheostomy ventilator, C-PAP, BiPAP, or oxygen to support breathing) and their families.  Learn more.

Register Online

From the Newsdesk

Dental Health in Children with Asthma
The medications that an asthmatic child uses could have effects on the oral mucosa.
 
July Patient of the Month: Justin
The moment Justin was born, his mother and father were faced with the most daunting and challenging experience any parent can imagine. Just hours after birth, Justin was airlifted to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for more specialized pediatric care. Having been diagnosed with pulmonary atresia and tetralogy of Fallot, he required immediate attention before it was too late.