Users' questions

What kind of biopsy is done on the pleura?

What kind of biopsy is done on the pleura?

The pleura is a double layer of membranes that surrounds the lungs. A pleural biopsy is a procedure to take a small piece of the pleura. This is done with a special biopsy needle. Or it’s done during surgery. The biopsy is done to look for infection, cancer, or another condition. There are 3 types of pleural biopsy: Needle biopsy.

What are the risks of a pleural biopsy?

Air in the space between the pleura (pleural space) that causes the lung to collapse (pneumothorax) Your risks may vary depending on your general health and other factors. Ask your healthcare provider which risks apply most to you. Talk with him or her about any concerns you have.

Can a pleural biopsy be done under sedation?

Some researchers have suggested that pleural biopsy is contraindicated in patients who cannot control their breathing or who cannot cooperate during the biopsy [ 16 ]. In our experience, most patients under moderate sedation take regular, shallow breaths that help target even small pleural nodules.

Which is the gold standard for pleural disease diagnosis?

Surgical pleural biopsy, also referred to as “open” pleural biopsy, is the “gold standard” for diagnosis of pleural diseases, but thoracotomy is associated with substantial morbidity [ 17 – 20 ].

What do you need to know about a pleural biopsy?

A biopsy is a procedure done to remove a tissue sample from the body so it can be examined. The pleura is a double layer of membranes that surrounds the lungs. A pleural biopsy is a procedure to take a small piece of the pleura. This is done with a special biopsy needle.

Can a biopsy of pleural effusion cause swelling?

Occasionally fluid can track through tissue planes, causing skin swelling over the chest, abdominal wall and genitalia (particularly if there is a very large effusion under pressure). Drawing off of effusion fluid after biopsy may be worthwhile for such large effusions, to prevent or ameliorate this complication. Flu vaccination.

Is it safe to do a closed blind pleural biopsy?

The yield was increased by taking multiple samples of pleura and/or using CT-guided cutting-needle biopsy to detect specific abnormal areas, particularly for malignancy. Closed blind pleural biopsy is now not recommended because the yield is much better with image-guided pleural biopsy or thoracoscopy.

Surgical pleural biopsy, also referred to as “open” pleural biopsy, is the “gold standard” for diagnosis of pleural diseases, but thoracotomy is associated with substantial morbidity [ 17 – 20 ].