Thoracoscopic lung biopsy in interstitial lung disease

Acta Clin Belg. 1992;47(3):165-9. doi: 10.1080/17843286.1992.11718226.


Thoracoscopic lung biopsy has been proposed as an alternative to open lung biopsy for the diagnosis of interstitial lung disease. We performed thoracoscopic lung biopsy under local anesthesia and diathermic coagulation in 33 non-immunocompromised patients with interstitial lung disease. A diagnosis was obtained in all patients. No severe complication was observed. The average time of drainage was 4 days. We confirm that this technique has advantages compared to open lung biopsy.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anesthesia, Local
  • Biopsy / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung / pathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis / pathology*
  • Thoracoscopy*