Pleura biopsy

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Item Process
Specimen

Fine needle aspiration biopsy, transthoracic needle biopsy, video-assisted thorascopic biopsy.

Method

Fresh tissue: microbiological examination.

Fixed tissue: light microscopy, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy (special fixative), pleural fluid for microbiological examination and cytology.

Application

For investigation of pleural effusion, empyema, granulomatous disease and tumours.

Interpretation

Histological examination shows nature of pathologic process;
identification of infecting organisms; and
identification of tumour type, grade and stage.

Reference

Fraser RS et al. Diagnosis of Diseases of the Chest. Saunders 2000.