What is the role of lung biopsy in the workup of chemical worker's lung?

Updated: Dec 24, 2019
  • Author: Shakeel Amanullah, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Lung biopsy may be considered when diagnostic uncertainty exists. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy, with bronchoaveolar lavage and transbronchial biopsies, are useful in the evaluation of exposure-related granulomatous lung disease such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Surgical lung biopsy may be required to confirm a diagnosis of bronchiolitis or diffuse interstitial lung disease.

Video-assisted thoracoscopy (VATS) is rarely used for larger lung tissue sampling.


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