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CT guided percutaneous lung biopsy

This procedure uses CT scan to guide the needle biopsy of the lung lesion. This is carried out at the radiological department. The area will be cleaned and the radiologist will give you a local anaesthetic injection to numb the skin and soft tissue over the area in question. Using the biopsy needle, the radiologist will remove tiny pieces of tissue from the lesion and send for the relevant tests. You will stay in the day surgery and discharged 4 hours after biopsy and chest x-ray confirmation that there is no air leak. The biopsy area may be tender or sore for one to two days. You may cough out blood but this is usually minimal and self-limiting.

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