Transthoracic needle biopsy

World J Surg. Nov-Dec 1993;17(6):705-11. doi: 10.1007/BF01659079.


Percutaneous fine-needle aspiration biopsy is a relatively simple invasive procedure with good patient acceptance, low morbidity, and almost negligible mortality. It provides a diagnosis of pulmonary, hilar, and mediastinal masses quickly and accurately, thus eliminating many laboratory tests, saving hospital days, and thereby saving time and money. Percutaneous fine-needle aspiration biopsy should be performed early in the investigation of many types of intrathoracic lesions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy, Needle* / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Lung / pathology*
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Pleural Neoplasms / pathology
  • Thorax