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The role of surgical lung biopsy in the management of interstitial lung disease: experience from a single institution in the UK.

Authors
  • Blackhall, Vivienne
  • Asif, Mohammed
  • Renieri, Alessandra
  • Civitelli, Serenella
  • Kirk, Alan
  • Jilaihawi, Ali
  • Granato, Felice
Type
Published Article
Journal
Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2013
Volume
17
Issue
2
Pages
253–257
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/icvts/ivt217
PMID: 23674563
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

SLB is a well-recognized procedure. Although it provides a diagnosis for the majority of patients, in our series SLB was inconclusive in a considerable number of cases and did not lead to a therapeutic change for more than half of all patients. Furthermore, SLB is not without risk and can be associated with a prolonged hospital stay. We believe that SLB should be performed in a select group of patients with ILD after discussion by a multidisciplinary panel.

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