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
Zavala DC, Bedell GN. Percutaneous Needle Biopsy of the Lung: A Study of 40 Patients.. Ann Intern Med. ;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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