Lung Biopsy

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A lung biopsy is a procedure in which a small a piece of lung tissue is removed from the body to diagnose lung conditions, abnormalities, or cancer.

Need to Know

Nice to Know
  • You may be asked to change into a gown prior to the procedure
  • You may be instructed to fast prior to the biopsy
  • Prior to the procedure, you should provide your physician with a list of medications you are currently taking
  • Imaging guidance may be used to increase the precision and accuracy of the needle placement

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Why is This Exam Done?

Lung biopsies are typically performed to diagnose lung conditions, cancer, or other lung abnormalities.

What Will Happen During the Exam?

Depends on the kind: bronchoscope, needle, open.

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How Should I Prepare?

  • You will asked to change into a gown prior to the procedure
  • Inform physician of any medications you are currently taking
  • After the procedure you may be monitored by a nursing staff for a few hours
  • You will need to plan on having a friend or family member drive you home
  • You may experience some soreness after the procedure, so it’s best to avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours after the biopsy
  • Inform your physician if there is any chance you may be pregnant
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What Are the Benefits and Risks?

The benefits of Lung Biopsy:

  • Recovery time is usually very quick. You should be back to a normal routine within 24 hours.
  • Lung biopsies can be necessary for an accurate diagnosis, so treatment may begin as necessary.
  • Lung biopsies allow physicians the ability to use ultrasound to maximize precision in guiding the needle.
  • Little or no scaring is caused by the biopsy.
 

Risks you should be aware of:

  • There is a very small chance that blood from the needle site may get into the lung. However, this is a very rare occurrence.
  • There is a slight chance that a hemorrhage may occur during the procedure
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Where Can I Get This Exam?

We perform lung biopsies in our Hartford office.

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