Transthoracic needle aspiration biopsy of focal pulmonary lesions: a community hospital experience

South Med J. 1986 Jan;79(1):21-3. doi: 10.1097/00007611-198601000-00007.


I reviewed my experience with transthoracic needle aspiration (TNA) biopsy in a community hospital. TNA is effective (91% diagnostic accuracy) and safe (28% incidence of pneumothorax, 6% requiring a chest tube for reexpansion). TNA has a definite role in the evaluation of selected patients with focal pulmonary lesions. Success and complication rates are similar to those of other reported studies.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Biopsy, Needle / adverse effects
  • Biopsy, Needle / methods
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Georgia
  • Hospitals, Community
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / pathology*
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pneumothorax / etiology
  • Prospective Studies