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Closed Pleural Biopsy

Several methods are available to biopsy the pleural lung covering. Your pleura is a large, thin sheet of tissue that wraps around the outside of your lungs and lines the inside of your chest cavity. Patients who have thickened pleura or have pleural fluid (pleural effusion) with pleural changes may benefit from this procedure. 

This procedure is done on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia in the skin. A pleural biopsy instrument is placed through the skin into the abnormal pleura and a small biopsy of tissue is removed.

Why is it used?

  • Abnormal lung pleura may be caused by tuberculosis, other infections, lung cancer, mesothelioma, previous blood around the lung, metastatic cancers, or other inflammatory diseases. Closed pleural biopsy allows the pulmonary physician to diagnosis the cause of the abnormal or thickened pleura.

What Makes Closed Pleural Biospy Different?

  • It is performed using local anesthesia in the skin
  • It is a lower risk minimal invasive biopsy procedure

Benefits of Closed Pleural Biopsy

  • It provides larger samples of pleural tissues than other biopsy techniques
  • A greater amount of tissue samples usually improves the ability to diagnose pleural abnormalities 

Appointments & Referrals

NOTE: All referred patients will still have the option of continuing treatment with their primary care physicians after the procedure.

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