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Sometimes, to make an accurate diagnosis, doctors need to remove a tiny piece of lung tissue and study it under a microscope. A lung biopsy is a surgical procedure performed under anesthesia to minimize discomfort.
Children's Colorado is an experienced world leader for lung biopsies in infants, children and adolescents. Our talented surgeons do the least invasive video assisted thoracoscopy (VATS) procedure with excellent outcomes. All patients will require a hospital admission, but many patients can be discharged in less than 48 hours after the operation. Pain is also minimized by avoiding the use of a chest tube after the procedure.
The decision to have your child undergo a lung biopsy is one that requires a review with your pediatric pulmonologists of the risk and benefits. A few questions that might be helpful to understand before making your decision could include the following. Making sure that the location you choose to have the lung biopsy done is the best place for your child is critically important.
Pediatric Heart Lung Center
Interstitial Lung Disease (chILD) Program
Mike McMorris Cystic Fibrosis Research and Care Center
Ventilator Care Program