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Needle Lung Biopsy

Further to a DVT, hospital stay, embolism in both lungs, serious bout of pneumonia I had a CT scan.
I have been to the hospital clinic who decided i needed another CT scan.
I am now told i am to have a lung biopsy due to an unidentified shadow on my left lung.
I have endured a painfull left side at the back for some years as my GP could not reolve it, it is painful when i am firmly touched in the area of the bottom of my lung.
Also when i work hard in the garden or decorating indoors i get a severe internal pain that seems to be in line with the bottom of my left lung.
Please advise me on what a lung biopsy is looking for. I am hoping it is not lung cancer.
I stopped smoking 40 plus years ago. I have been exposed to asbestos and been diagnosed with COPD.
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replied November 23rd, 2009
As I do not have access to your medical records, it is not possible for me to offer you specific advice. In general, however, lung biopsy is performed to rule-out cancer, as well as some chronic lungs diseases and certain types of lung infections.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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