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Can a lung or lymph node be biopsied by an interventional pulmonology specialist?

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During bronchoscopy, a doctor may collect a small piece of tissue from either the lung or a nearby lymph node. The interventional pulmonologist can use a needle or forceps advanced through the bronchoscope to get a sample of tissue. Biopsies can detect cancer, infection, sarcoidosis, and other conditions.

For people with lung cancer or other cancers, interventional pulmonology biopsies can often accurately identify spread of cancer into lymph nodes. This can prevent unnecessary surgery or help determine the best choice for treatment.

From: Interventional Pulmonology WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Kennedy. M.P.  2008; vol 29: pp 453-464. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine,

Yoneda, K.Y. 2007; vol 8: pp 535-547. Clinical Lung Cancer,

Haas, A.R. 2007; vol 132: pp 1036-1041. Chest,

Folch, E. 2008; vol 29: pp 441-452. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine,

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Kennedy. M.P.  2008; vol 29: pp 453-464. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine,

Yoneda, K.Y. 2007; vol 8: pp 535-547. Clinical Lung Cancer,

Haas, A.R. 2007; vol 132: pp 1036-1041. Chest,

Folch, E. 2008; vol 29: pp 441-452. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine,

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

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