Donald C. Zavala, M.D., F.A.C.P.; George N. Bedell, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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This study was done to determine the diagnostic value and safety of needle lung biopsy. A disposable, modified Vim cutting needle was used. Forty-three of 48 biopsies (90%) performed on 40 patients yielded adequate tissue. Diagnostic success was achieved in 34 (85%) of the patients. The patients were divided into 2 groups, 17 with localized peripheral lung tumors (22 biopsies) and 23 with bilateral diffuse disease (26 biopsies). In the localized disease group the biopsy needle was positioned using a fluoroscopic image amplifier. There were no biopsy failures, but diagnosis was not made in five patients because of tumor necrosis
Donald C. Zavala, George N. Bedell. Percutaneous Needle Biopsy of the Lung: A Study of 40 Patients.. Ann Intern Med. 1971;74:841. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-5-841_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(5):841.
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