Pleural needle biopsy - Risks
Closed pleural biopsy; Needle biopsy of the pleura
What the risks are:
There is a slight chance of the needle puncturing the wall of the lung, which can partially collapse the lung. This usually gets better on its own. There is a chance of excessive blood loss.
If a closed pleural biopsy is not enough to make a diagnosis, you may need a surgical biopsy of the pleura.
- Reviewed last on: 12/8/2009
- Allen J. Blaivas, DO, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine UMDNJ-NJMS, Attending Physician in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Department of Veteran Affairs, VA New Jersey Health Care System, East Orange, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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