Air embolus complicating transthoracic percutaneous needle biopsy

R. S. Wong, L. Ketai, R. T. Temes, F. M. Follis, R. Ashby

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Transthoracic percutaneous needle biopsy has become popular for evaluation of pulmonary nodules. However, it is a procedure with morbidity and mortality that is not negligible. In this article, we report massive air embolus complicating needle biopsy in a patient with amyloidosis. A negative biopsy does not exclude malignancy, and if surgical excision will be performed regardless of the result, preoperative assessment using this technique may not be necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1010-1011
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery


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