Painful transthoracic needle biopsy: a sign of neurogenic tumor.

  title={Painful transthoracic needle biopsy: a sign of neurogenic tumor.},
  author={H M Jones and Dewey J. Conces and Robert D. Tarver},
  journal={Journal of thoracic imaging},
  volume={8 3},
Neurogenic tumors most commonly appear initially as posterior mediastinal masses. These tumors, however, may occur in other intrathoracic locations and present a diagnostic challenge. In such cases transthoracic fine-needle aspiration (FNA) often is used to make a definitive diagnosis. This procedure usually does not result in severe pain. We report two patients who experienced severe pain during transthoracic FNA of neurogenic tumors. We believe that severe pain associated with transthoracic… CONTINUE READING