Editorial

Vigorous Intrathoracic Needle Aspiration Biopsy A Micropathologic Technic

Authors: JOHN V. FORREST MD, STUART S. SAGEL MD, VIRGIL BLEISCH MD

Abstract

ABSTRACTModification of intrathoracic needle aspiration using a vigorous technic consisting of multiple short, plunging, and rotating movements of the needle tip allows retrieval of a micropathologic rather than a cytologic specimen. This often facilitates more specific diagnosis and allows pathologists not expert in cytology to interpret the results. Increased incidence of transient hemoptysis is the only penalty incurred by this technic. The high diagnostic accuracy and clinical value of this simple short procedure in 31 patients is emphasized.

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