Trends in use and safety of image-guided transthoracic needle biopsies in patients with cancer.

@article{Accordino2015TrendsIU,
  title={Trends in use and safety of image-guided transthoracic needle biopsies in patients with cancer.},
  author={Melissa K. Accordino and J. D. Wright and Donna L. Buono and Alfred I. Neugut and Dawn L. Hershman},
  journal={Journal of oncology practice},
  year={2015},
  volume={11 3},
  pages={e351-9}
}
PURPOSE Image-guided transthoracic needle biopsy (IGTTNB) is an important tool in the diagnosis of patients with cancer. Common complications include pneumothorax and chest tube placement, with rates ranging from 6% to 57%. We performed a population-based study to determine patterns of use, complications, and costs associated with IGTTNB. METHODS The Premier Perspective database was used to identify patients with cancer with ≥ one claim for IGTTNB from 2006 to 2012. Patients were stratified… CONTINUE READING
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