ABSTRACT: Surgical biopsy of lung parenchyma can be used to establish a diagnosis in interstitial lung disease both of acute and chronic presentation. The present article summarizes the current indications, the therapeutic implications, the different surgical techniques and postoperative complications of the procedure. Common controversies and problems related to surgical lung biopsy are also presented.
Revue de Pneumologie Clinique 03/2012; 68(2):161-9. · 0.24 Impact Factor