Risk of pneumothorax not increased by obstructive lung disease in percutaneous needle biopsy

Chest. 1994 Jun;105(6):1705-8. doi: 10.1378/chest.105.6.1705.


All computed tomography directed lung biopsies from 1987 to 1991 were retrospectively reviewed. Pneumothorax occurred in 33 of 93 (35 percent) patients; 16 of these patients or 17 percent overall required a chest tube. No correlation was found between the presence of obstructive lung disease and the incidence of pneumothorax. Patients with smaller lesions were more likely to incur a pneumothorax. No relation was found with central or peripheral location, patient's age, or the operator and the incidence of pneumothorax. Patients with a pneumothorax were more likely to require a chest tube if they had obstructive lung disease.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Biopsy, Needle / adverse effects*
  • Chest Tubes
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Lung / pathology*
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / epidemiology*
  • Male
  • Pneumothorax / diagnosis
  • Pneumothorax / epidemiology*
  • Pneumothorax / etiology
  • Respiratory Function Tests
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed