Steven Leong, MBBS
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Leong S.; Risk for Complications After Transthoracic Needle Lung Biopsy. Ann Intern Med. 2011;155:795-796. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-155-11-201112060-00023
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2011;155(11):795-796.
TO THE EDITOR:
I read with interest the important findings by Wiener and colleagues (1) that highlight the 15% (95% CI, 14% to 16%) risk for pneumothorax as a complication of transthoracic needle biopsy for pulmonary nodules. We agree that the need is increasing for clinicians to consider this procedure for evaluation of pulmonary nodules, which are frequently identified in this era of modern imaging intentionally through screening studies and unintentionally through computed tomography (CT) pulmonary angiography (2) and CT coronary angiography (3).
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