In This Page:
- Need to Know
- Nice to Know
- Why is This Exam Done?
- What Will Happen During the Exam?
- How Should I Prepare?
- What are the Benefits and Risks?
- Where Can I Get This Exam?
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
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.
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
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
Where Can I Get This Exam?
We perform lung biopsies in our Hartford office.