The results are reported of 283 percutaneous biopsies performed on solid thoracic and abdominal masses. Indications to biopsy are examined at first, which are relatively limited in number if compared to other authors' opinion on the subject--i.e., when the tumor cannot be characterized with any other methodology, or in case of neoplasms whose histological type is to be known in order to plan therapy. The techniques employed are then evaluated, with a special emphasis on the needle caliber and the guidance method (US, radioscopy and CT). Correct samplings have been obtained in more than 90% of cases. Minor complications were observed in less than 10% of cases, while major complications were totally absent. In conclusion, percutaneous biopsy proves useful in those cases where exam indication is respected and an accurate selection is previously performed.
|Translated title of the contribution||Percutaneous biopsy (PB) of solid thoraco-abdominal formations with instrumental guidance. The authors' experience|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging