Lung Biopsy

Lung biopsy procedures are done by removing the lung tissue samples during surgery or with a special biopsy needle to determine the lung disease or cancer is present. It may be performed using a closed or an open method. Closed methods are achieved through the skin or trachea, and an open biopsy is performed under general anesthesia in the operating room.

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I have pleural effusion with a mass in my lung. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have recently visited ER due to a sob. Then, I was diagnosed with a pleural effusion of the left lung. Blood work and urinalysis completed during the visit showed normal values. I had a chest X-ray and CT scan, which confirmed such and revealed a mass in this area. The next day, I went ...  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In case of pleural effusion with mass in the lung, any doctor should do the suspect tumor in the lung. Other conditions can cause pleural effusion like infection, inflammation, etc.; these conditions would have shown in the pleural fluid analysis. The option you...  Read Full »

What are the chances of lung nodules being cancerous?

Query: Hello doctor, It is difficult for me to take deep breaths or yawn for the past three years. But, when I stand up, sit straight, or lean slightly forward, it often becomes easy to do so. I do cardio regularly for 45 minutes to one hour several times a week, but there is no improvement. My present me...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have difficulty in taking a deep breath or yawn occasionally. Yawning is a common reflex where your mouth becomes opened, takes in a deep breath, and exhales rapidly. After yawnin...  Read Full »

What causes blebs in the lungs?

Query: Hello doctor, I took a lung biopsy that showed subpleural fibroelastic scarring along with bilateral blebs. What does it mean?  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to According to your lung biopsy report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), there is a mild degree of erythematous change with subpleural cysts and marked subpleural fibroelastic scarring with mild chronic inflammation. The apex of the lungs is less tha...  Read Full »

What does my CT scan reports of lung nodule indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, For lung nodules, in the last three years, I had three scans with different radiologists. I would like to get it checked by one radiologist for any actual growth or changes that would indicate cancer. Does the lung nodule getting bigger? Due to my low platelet count, a lung biopsy is mo...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi,  Welcome to Generally, lung nodule (small tissue like growth) is suspected to be a cancer if it doubles in size between 1 and 18 months. As per CT scan done before four years, it measures approximately 2.0 x 1.5 cm (anteroposterior x transverse) with a calcification in it. As per C...  Read Full »

Why does my oxygen saturation level go down if I reduce the steroid dose?

Query: Hi doctor, Before 7 years, I was affected by chronic HP. From that time, I am in oxygen therapy and steroids 4 mg. My doctor told to taper them and stop so as per his advice I slowly tapered the dose of steroids and stopped it finally. When I stopped it, I cannot able to move or walk and also my sa...  Read Full »

Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Hypersensitivity pneumonitis or HP is a type of interstitial lung disease. It is a chronic type of lung disease and treatment usually runs longer, especially with steroids and immunosuppressive drugs. As you said, you are taking steroids in tapering dose but still you ...  Read Full »

How is IPF diagnosed?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with IPF last week. My two x-rays, two lung function tests and HRCT scan showing that I had scarring. But I am confused, because I feel better than I have felt in 10 years. I have always smoked and had cough for years. I have been on a diet and have lost one stone so fa...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to IPF (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis)  is a chronic, progressive and idiopathic disease. It is usually seen in old age. In this lungs become fibrosed, thickened and stiff. So, all capacities are reduced and due to this oxygenation is hampered. Your home tests are within no...  Read Full »

From the reports, kindly suggest whether my father has advanced lung cancer or not?

Query: Hi doctor, I took my dad to the hospital because of intense pain in his legs. After a lot of tests, the doctors suspected that he has advanced cancer. But they were unable to do a biopsy because of his heart disease and other problems. I received reports from hospitals about my father's condition. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your father has advanced lung cancer, which has spread to his bones and other parts of the body. I do not know why someone has said it is a stage 1 cancer. It is a very aggressive stage...  Read Full »

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