Percutaneous biopsy.

Percutaneous biopsy of vertebral metastasis. Ken U. Ekechukwu, MD, MPH, FACP.

Sometimes it is necessary to biopsy a vertebra with metastatic disease for histopathology as in this woman in whom the T8 was the only evident site of destructive disease. Her primary site of cancer was unknown. The approach to the percutaneous biopsy in this patient is not very different from the approach during vertebroplasty for […]

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Percutaneous biopsy of a lung (left hilar) mass. Ken U. Ekechukwu, MD, MPH, FACP.

Factors that determine whether pneumothorax will complicate percutaneous biopsy of a lung lesion are the size of the lesion, its depth in the lung, the size of the biopsy needle, and the number of needle passes during the biopsy. Fine needle aspiration (FNA) is safer than core biopsy because the needle size is smaller, but […]

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