Delayed chest radiographs and the diagnosis of pneumothorax following CT-guided fine needle aspiration of pulmonary lesions

Respir Med. 1999 Jun;93(6):379-81. doi: 10.1053/rmed.1999.0573.


We prospectively studied 64 consecutive patients on whom computerized tomography-guided fine needle aspirations (CT-FNA) of pulmonary lesions were performed to determine whether obtaining a delayed chest radiography (CXR) after CT-FNA is helpful in the diagnosis of post-procedure pneumothorax (PTX). Two of the 64 patients developed a delayed PTX. Only one of the patients with a delayed PTX required chest tube drainage. If patients have no evidence of a PTX immediately after a CT-FNA by CT scan then a delayed CXR adds little to care of these patients.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Biopsy, Needle / methods
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / etiology
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / pathology
  • Male
  • Pneumothorax / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pneumothorax / pathology*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Radiography, Interventional
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods