Biopsy – open lung
How the test is performed
An open lung biopsy is done in a hospital operating room under
After cleaning the skin, the surgeon makes a cut in the chest area and removes a small piece of lung tissue. The wound is closed with stitches.
A chest tube may be left in place for 1 – 2 days to prevent the lung from collapsing.
Today, most centers use a technique called video-assisted thoracoscopy, which uses a camera and tiny instruments to biopsy the lung. With this method, only two small cuts are made. There is much less pain and the recovery is much faster.
How to prepare for the test
You should tell the health care provider if you are pregnant,
You will be asked not to eat or drink for 8 to 12 hours before the procedure.
How the test will feel
When you wake up after the procedure, you will feel
Why the test is performed
The open lung biopsy is done to evaluate lung problems seen on
The lungs and lung tissue will be normal.
What abnormal results mean
Abnormal results may be due to:
Certain infections (bacterial, viral, or fungal)
Lung diseases (fibrosis)
The procedure may help diagnose a number of different conditions, such as:
Rheumatoid lung disease
What the risks are
There is a possibility of infection or an air leak into the chest. Your risk depends on whether or not you already have