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Transbronchial lung biopsy as a diagnostic method of diffuse pulmonary diseases

Artur Szlubowski, Jerzy Soja, Jarosław Kużdżał, Marcin Zieliński, Biolesław Papla, Łukasz Adamek, Mariusz Duplaga, Krzysztof Sładek
Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2004;72(5-6):165-169.

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Vol 72, No 5-6 (2004)
ORIGINAL PAPERS
Published online: 2008-02-18
Submitted: 2013-02-22

Abstract

The aim of the study was to assess the diagnostic yield of transbronchial lung biopsy (TBLB) in some of diffuse pulmonary diseases, like: sarcoidosis, organizing pneumonia - (OP), tuberculosis and neoplasmatic infiltrates of the lung. Transbronchial lung biopsy was performed in 123 patients, preceded by high resolution computed tomography (HRCT). The HRCT guidance helped to select the area of lung to be biopsied. In 80 patients (65%) TBLB enabled to diagnose 40 cases of sarcoidosis, 15 cases of OP, 13 cases of neoplasmatic infiltrates of the lung and 5 cases of tuberculosis. There were 43 cases undiagnosed by means of TBLB. In 19 patients the diagnosis was established by means of other methods like videothoracoscopy (8 cases), bronchoscopy with bronchial mucose biopsy (7 cases of sarcoidosis), mediastinoscopy (2 cases of Hodgkin's disease), transthoracic needle biopsy (2 cases of adenocarcinoma). Moreover sarcoidosis was diagnosed in 15 cases by means of clinical, radiological examination and BAL. 9 patients didn't agree for further invasive diagnostics. Transbronchial lung biopsy was shown to be efficient diagnostic methode specially in sarcoidosis, OP and neoplasmatic infiltrates of the lung. However,inapproximately 35% of cases of diffuse pulmonary diseases this technique doesn't allow to establish a diagnosis. This in turn implicates the necessity for further diagnostic procedures including videothoracoscopic or open lung biopsy.

Abstract

The aim of the study was to assess the diagnostic yield of transbronchial lung biopsy (TBLB) in some of diffuse pulmonary diseases, like: sarcoidosis, organizing pneumonia - (OP), tuberculosis and neoplasmatic infiltrates of the lung. Transbronchial lung biopsy was performed in 123 patients, preceded by high resolution computed tomography (HRCT). The HRCT guidance helped to select the area of lung to be biopsied. In 80 patients (65%) TBLB enabled to diagnose 40 cases of sarcoidosis, 15 cases of OP, 13 cases of neoplasmatic infiltrates of the lung and 5 cases of tuberculosis. There were 43 cases undiagnosed by means of TBLB. In 19 patients the diagnosis was established by means of other methods like videothoracoscopy (8 cases), bronchoscopy with bronchial mucose biopsy (7 cases of sarcoidosis), mediastinoscopy (2 cases of Hodgkin's disease), transthoracic needle biopsy (2 cases of adenocarcinoma). Moreover sarcoidosis was diagnosed in 15 cases by means of clinical, radiological examination and BAL. 9 patients didn't agree for further invasive diagnostics. Transbronchial lung biopsy was shown to be efficient diagnostic methode specially in sarcoidosis, OP and neoplasmatic infiltrates of the lung. However,inapproximately 35% of cases of diffuse pulmonary diseases this technique doesn't allow to establish a diagnosis. This in turn implicates the necessity for further diagnostic procedures including videothoracoscopic or open lung biopsy.
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Keywords

transbronchial lung biopsy; diffuse pulmonary disease; videothoracoscopy

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Title

Transbronchial lung biopsy as a diagnostic method of diffuse pulmonary diseases

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 72, No 5-6 (2004)

Pages

165-169

Published online

2008-02-18

Bibliographic record

Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2004;72(5-6):165-169.

Keywords

transbronchial lung biopsy
diffuse pulmonary disease
videothoracoscopy

Authors

Artur Szlubowski
Jerzy Soja
Jarosław Kużdżał
Marcin Zieliński
Biolesław Papla
Łukasz Adamek
Mariusz Duplaga
Krzysztof Sładek

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