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Lung Nodule Biopsy Considerations

Lung Nodule Biopsy Considerations

December 13, 2021
Emily Cassidy, MD
Emily Cassidy, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

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So why don’t we biopsy every lung nodule that we find? Well, it’s because biopsying lung nodules is tricky. Again, depending on the size of the lung nodule, the characteristics of it, how solid it is and where it’s located in the chest, some lung nodules are more or less amenable to biopsy. So reasons your doctor may not recommend a biopsy would be a very small size, difficult to access location, the integrity of the surrounding lung that would need to be traversed with the needle. Also, there are some lung nodules that we feel fairly confident are concerning enough based on their radiographic features that regardless of what a biopsy says, or doesn’t say, we feel that those should come out.