Needle Biopsy of the Lung and Pleura
(Transthoracic Needle Aspiration; Percutaneous Needle Aspiration)
|Female Torso with Respiratory System and Ribcage (Anterior View)|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Collapsed lung
- Damage to the liver or spleen
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- A complete physical exam
- Blood tests
- Images of the chest and lungs maybe taken with
- You may receive a mild sedative about an hour before the procedure. It will help you relax.
- You may also have an injection of a local anesthetic. It will numb the area where the needle will be inserted.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- Before the procedure, when the local anesthetic is injected, you may feel a brief sting.
- During the procedure, when the needle is inserted, you will probably feel some pressure. If you are having a lung biopsy, you will feel a quick, sharp pain when the needle touches your lung.
- You will rest for several hours after the procedure. Your recovery will be monitored.
- A few hours after the procedure, a chest x-ray or other imaging technique may be done. This is done to make sure a lung has not collapsed and that there is no bleeding.
- If there are no complications after 4 hours, you may go home.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you've been given
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Coughing up blood
- Pain when taking a deep breath
- You feel your heart rate is fast
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2015 -
- Update Date: 03/15/2013 -