Transbronchial Biopsy

What is a Transbronchial Biopsy?

A transbronchial lung biopsy is a procedure that uses a bronchoscope to remove a small sample of your lung tissue.

A bronchoscope is a flexible telescope with a tiny camera so your doctor can examine your airways. Your surgeon passes a bronchoscope through your nose or mouth and down into your lungs. They then pass tiny forceps down one of your airways into your lung and take samples of your lung tissue. Saline fluid may be used to flush the area and to collect cells.

A lung biopsy allows your lung tissue to be tested for many kinds of diseases, including infections, pulmonary disease, benign tumours and polyps, and cancer. A lung biopsy can also be performed to determine the type of lung cancer and to assess the stage of a known malignancy.

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