A percutaneous (say
"per-kew-TAY-nee-us") lung biopsy is a procedure to take a sample of
lung tissue. The doctor puts a long needle through your chest to do this. Another doctor looks at the sample tissue with a microscope to
check for infection, cancer, or other lung problems. This procedure is also
called a needle biopsy.
Before the procedure, you may get medicine
to help you relax. Then the doctor gives you a shot of numbing medicine in the
skin where the needle will go. Next, the doctor makes a very small
cut in the numbed skin. This cut is called an incision. He or she puts the needle through
the incision into your lung. X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan
pictures help guide the needle
into the correct spot.
After the doctor takes a sample of lung
tissue, he or she removes the needle. The doctor or a nurse puts a
bandage over the incision and may put pressure on the area. You will lie on your side.
The procedure usually takes 30
to 60 minutes. But the needle will only be in your lung for a few seconds. You
will probably go home several hours after the procedure.
take several days to get the results of the biopsy. The doctor or nurse will
discuss the results with you.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all
appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good
idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you
can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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