Percutaneous fine needle biopsy of pulmonary diseases

J. Strausz, P. Bolcskei, I. Repa

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Percutaneous fine needle lung biopsy is a suitable diagnostic procedure with a high diagnostic yield in patients with peripheral and central localized pulmonary lesions. The procedure has an acceptable frequency of complications and almost no mortality. The biopsies are generally guided radiologically (with fluoroscopy or computed tomography), however, ultrasound-guided fine needle biopsy provides a unique ability to diagnose the mediastinal as well as the peripheral lesions with tight connection to the chest wall. The fine needle aspiration technique is usually sufficient for carcinomatous lesions, but a cutting needle biopsy should be performed when lymphoma, thymoma, tumours with a neural origin or benign lesions are suspected in order to obtain larger specimens for histological diagnosis. Percutaneous fine needle lung biopsy is a complementary procedure with bronchoscopy, mainly in those cases when the patients are candidates for surgical resection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-134
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Respiratory Monograph
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1998



  • Fine needle
  • Lung biopsy
  • Percutaneous

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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