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


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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