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Pleural biopsy


This examination involves blind removal of small pieces of pleura using a special needle (a Cope or Abrams needle) for diagnostic purposes. The puncture site varies depending on which area requires the puncture.


Technical details of examination:



- Before the examination, the patient may be given an intramuscular injection of atropine to prevent malaise.
- Disinfection and local anaesthesia of skin and chest wall, using Xylocaine.
- The patient sits on an examination table throughout the examination.
A pleural drain is sometimes inserted after the procedure to empty the pleural cavity more thoroughly, ease breathing, or provide a channel for local treatment subsequently.


A few minutes to half an hour.


Visual alterations (blurred vision) for 1-2 hours, caused by atropine. It is not advisable to drive a vehicle during this period.

Complications (rare)

- Pneumothorax (air in the pleural cavity) caused by accidental puncture of the lung or air entering through the needle.
- Haemothorax (blood in the cavity) following damage to an intercostal artery.


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