Effect of patient positioning after needle aspiration lung biopsy

Elizabeth H Moore, Johanne LeBlanc, Scott A. Montesi, Michael L. Richardson, Jo Anne O Shepard, Theresa C. McLoud

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Fifty-five patients who underwent fluoroscopically guided needle aspiration lung biopsy were randomly assigned to one of two postbiopsy treatment groups: Patients were placed recumbent with puncture site either down (n = 36) or up (n = 19) for at least 1 hour. No significant difference in pneumothorax rate was seen between the two groups. Chest tube placement, however, was required in 21% (four of 19) of the puncture-site-up group versus 3% (one of 36) of the puncture-site-down group, which was a significant difference (P = .04). Puncture-site-down postbiopsy positioning reduces the proportion of patients requiring chest tube placement after lung biopsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-387
Number of pages3
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 1991


  • Biopsies, complications, 60.458, 66.732
  • Lung neoplasms, 60.31, 60.32
  • Lung, biopsy, 60.458, 66.732
  • Pneumothorax, 66.732

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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