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How do lung biopsies help diagnose idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)?

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The best way for your doctor to diagnose IPF is to take small samples of tissue from your lungs and check them under a microscope for signs of scarring or other disease.

There are different ways to do it. Your doctor may put a needle through your chest, or he may put a long, thin tube through your mouth and down your throat.

For some biopsies, you'll only need "local anesthesia," which is medicine that numbs an area on your body. For others you'll need drugs that make you sleep while the procedure is done.

You may be asked to stop eating for 8 hours before the biopsy. Make sure to find out if there are any other ways you need to prepare.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library.

Lab Tests Online (American Association for Clinical Chemistry).

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library.

Lab Tests Online (American Association for Clinical Chemistry).

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

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