Lung biopsy: is it necessary?

  title={Lung biopsy: is it necessary?},
  author={R Thomas Temes and Nancy Elaine Joste and Clifford Qualls and Nechol L. Allen and Richard E. Crowell and H A Dox and Jorge A Wernly},
  journal={The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  volume={118 6},
OBJECTIVE Lung biopsy is associated with substantial mortality rates. We reviewed our experience with this operation, primarily in patients with immunocompetence, to determine whether the results justify the continued performance of this procedure. METHODS We conducted a retrospective review of all diagnostic lung biopsies performed at 3 university-affiliated hospitals between July 1, 1992, and December 31, 1998. RESULTS There were 75 patients: 25 patients were treated electively, 17 were… CONTINUE READING