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AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Jun;196(6):W678-82. doi: 10.2214/AJR.10.4659.

Complications of CT-guided percutaneous needle biopsy of the chest: prevention and management.

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Department of Radiology, Division of Thoracic Imaging and Intervention, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit St, Founders 202, Boston, MA 02114, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this article is to describe potential complications of percutaneous needle biopsy of the chest, discuss the risk factors associated with the development of complications, and explain how to prevent complications and manage complications when they occur.

CONCLUSION:

Pneumothorax and pulmonary hemorrhage are the most common complications of percutaneous needle biopsy of the chest, whereas air embolism and tumor seeding are extremely rare. Attention to biopsy planning and technique and postprocedural care help to prevent or minimize most potential complications.

PMID:
21606253
DOI:
10.2214/AJR.10.4659
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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