Lung - nontumor

Topic Completed: 1 August 2011

Revised: 28 January 2019, last major update August 2011

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PubMed search: pulmonary biopsy [title]

Elliot Weisenberg, M.D.
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Definition / general
Cite this page: Weisenberg E. Biopsy. website. Accessed May 28th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • For nonneoplastic lesions, clinical correlation is essential
  • Evaluating biopsies: alveolar space, alveolar septal membrane, conducting airways, pulmonary arteries and other vessels and lymphatics
  • Tips of lingula and right middle lobe typically show more fibrosis than elsewhere
  • Frozen section is recommended for open biopsies so (a) tissue arrives fresh, not in preservative, and (b) pathologist can tell surgeon if specimen is adequate and representative
  • Elastic and trichrome stains are often helpful for nonneoplastic tissue
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