Lung Biopsy

A Lung Biopsy involves taking a small piece of lung tissue so it can be examined under a microscope by a pathologist to help diagnose many different lung disorders. This test can be done in a variety of ways. One way is to open the chest during surgery and remove a piece of lung tissue. It can also be done through a bronchoscope (a pencil-sized telescope) which allows the caregiver to remove a piece of tissue through your trachea (the large breathing tube to your lungs). Another procedure is a needle biopsy of the lung, which involves inserting a needle into the lung and removing a small piece of tissue.

POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS INCLUDE:

  • Collapse of the lung

  • Bleeding

  • Infection

PREPARATION FOR TEST

No preparation or fasting is necessary.

NORMAL FINDINGS

No evidence of pathology.

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.