[Full-thickness pleural biopsy using an Insulation-tipped Diathermic Knife in a patient with malignant pleural mesothelioma]

Kyobu Geka. 2008 Aug;61(9):769-73.
[Article in Japanese]


A 72-year-old woman was pointed out a right pleural effusion and thickening pleura on the chest computed tomography. The patient underwent semiflexible thoracoscopy under local anesthesia at the endoscopy room. The patient was placed in the lateral decubitus position, and flexible trocar was inserted with the single puncture technique. At the macroscopic findings, the parietal pleura were thickened prominently, and patchy plaques were occasionally recognized. A standard biopsy forceps hardly grasped pleura because of presence of scar, so we performed pleural biopsy using Insulation-tipped Diathermic (IT) knife. A subpleural injection of saline containing 0.5% lidokine and 0.005% epinephrine was performed for raising the affected parietal pleura with an injection needle. After a pin hole was made, the pleural lesion was incised in a circle by manipulating the IT knife, and the incised pleura were removed. Pathology revealed extensive fibrosis and epithelial mesothelioma by the specimen. This biopsy technique using IT knife through semiflexible thoracoscopy enabled to obtain a full-thickness pleura It is thought to be useful for the diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) in which standard forceps are difficult to grasp.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Biopsy / instrumentation*
  • Diathermy / instrumentation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mesothelioma / pathology*
  • Pleura / pathology*
  • Pleural Neoplasms / pathology*