Pleural biopsy is a procedure to remove a sample of the pleura. This is the thin tissue that lines the chest cavity and surrounds the lungs. The biopsy is done to check the pleura for disease of infection.
A Thoracic needle biopsy (TNB) is a safe rapid method used to achieve definitive diagnosis for most thoracic lesions. Lesions can be located in the pleura, the lung parenchyma, or the mediastinum. Diffuse disease and solitary lesions are equally approachable.
Thoracentesis is a procedure done to remove excess fluid, known as a pleural effusion, from the pleural space to help you breathe easier. A needle is inserted into the pleural space between the lungs and the chest wall. It may be done to determine the cause of your pleural effusion. Some conditions such as heart failure, lung infections, and tumors can cause pleural effusions. This procedure usually takes 10 to 15 minutes.
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