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Trephine Biopsy for Diffuse Lung Lesions.

S. J. Steel, M.R.C.P.; and D. P. Winstanley, M.R.C.P.
Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(5):1186-1187. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-68-5-1186_3
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During the past 5 years 96 lung biopsies have been performed with an air drill rotating at a speed of up to 15,000 rev/min. A specially designed trephine, 2.1 mm in bore, proved effective in obtaining adequate specimens from patients with diffuse lung lesions. With this method 89 out of 96 (93%) consecutive lung biopsies were successful in producing specimens of lung tissue for histological examination, and 81 (84%) of these biopsies were diagnostically significant. Conditions such as sarcoidosis, berylliosis, alveolar proteinosis, polyarteritis nodosa, and chronic diffuse interstitial pulmonary fibrosis were conclusively diagnosed. Complications were not serious, and the commonest



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