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What tests are done to help make sure a lung biopsy is safe for you?

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To make sure a lung biopsy is safe, your doctor may suggest you get a full physical exam and blood tests. Let your doctor know if you're pregnant or have any allergies, including to latex or drugs, and if you take medications, especially aspirin or other drugs that affect blood clotting.

From: What to Expect From a Lung Biopsy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Tests for Non-Small Lung Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Lung Cancer: Non-Small Cell: Diagnosis."

Blewitt, C.J. . 2001. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery

Canadian Cancer Society: "Thoracoscopy."

Columbia University Department of Surgery: "Bronchoscopy/Lung Biopsy."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Lung Biopsy," "Pleural Biopsy."

Lungevity Foundation: "Biopsies."

Medpage Today: "Lung Biopsy Risks Not Uncommon."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Biopsy," "Bronchoscopy."

Medscape: "Transthoracic Needle Biopsy."

National Institutes of Health: "Lung Needle Biopsy."

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Bronchoscopy."

UpToDate: "Air Embolism."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Lung Biopsy."

University of Southern California: "A Patient's Guide to Lung Surgery."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 16, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Tests for Non-Small Lung Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Lung Cancer: Non-Small Cell: Diagnosis."

Blewitt, C.J. . 2001. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery

Canadian Cancer Society: "Thoracoscopy."

Columbia University Department of Surgery: "Bronchoscopy/Lung Biopsy."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Lung Biopsy," "Pleural Biopsy."

Lungevity Foundation: "Biopsies."

Medpage Today: "Lung Biopsy Risks Not Uncommon."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Biopsy," "Bronchoscopy."

Medscape: "Transthoracic Needle Biopsy."

National Institutes of Health: "Lung Needle Biopsy."

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Bronchoscopy."

UpToDate: "Air Embolism."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Lung Biopsy."

University of Southern California: "A Patient's Guide to Lung Surgery."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 16, 2017

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