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Year : 1998  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-13

Transbronchial Lung Biopsy Through The Fibreoptic Bronchoscope - A Retrospective Analysis Of 256 Patients Biopsied



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Raj B Singh


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Records of 256 patients who underwent transbronchial biopsies over a seven year period were analyzed. About 75% were males and about 50% were in the 41-60 age group. In 79 out of the 256 (30.9%), this procedure confirmed clinical suspicion while in 24 others, the biopsy confirmed the diagnosis which had not been clinically considered mostly likely; altogether 103 (40.2%) out of 256 patients had a diagnosis established. Suspected malignancy (34.4%), interstitial lung fibrosis (23.8%), sarcoidosis and tuberculosis (14.5% each) were the main reason for performing the procedure. Complications were mainly bleeding in 14 (5.5%) and pneumothoraces in three patients.


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