An open pleural biopsy is a procedure to remove and examine the tissue that lines the inside of the chest. This tissue is called the pleura.
Biopsy - open pleura
How the test is performed:
An open pleural biopsy is done in the hospital using general anesthesia , which means you are asleep and do not feel pain during the surgery. A tube will be placed down your throat to help you breathe.
The surgeon will make a cut in the left or right side of the chest. A piece of tissue is taken from the chest area, and sent to a laboratory for examination. After surgery, the wound is closed with stitches.
How to prepare for the test:
You will be asked not to eat or drink for 8 hours before the test.
How the test will feel:
You will be asleep during the procedure. There will be some tenderness and pain where the surgical cut is located. You may have a sore throat after the test due to the breathing tube.
Why the test is performed:
This procedure is used when the surgeon needs a larger piece of tissue than that which can be removed with a pleural needle biopsy .
It is also performed when there are no body fluids in the pleura or when a direct view of the pleura and the lungs is necessary.
This procedure may also be done to examine a metastatic pleural tumor .
The pleura will be normal.
What abnormal results mean:
Abnormal findings may suggest:
What the risks are:
There is a slight chance of:
- Air leak
- Excess blood loss
- Injury to the lung