What is a Lung Biopsy?


In this animated film from Boehringer Ingelheim Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Dr. Iris explains exactly what happens when a person undergoes a lung biopsy and why they may need one in the first place.

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In most instances, pulmonary hypertension can be diagnosed using the data drawn from a patient’s medical history, the results of an HRCT scan and a physical exam. However, lung biopsies are sometimes needed to help with the diagnosis. It is a surgical procedure usually performed by a chest doctor and requires a general anesthetic. The tissue gathered from the biopsy is then sent to a pathologist for analysis.

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