Diagnose Lymphangioleiomyomatosis by biopsy?|Dr. Indu Bubna| Pulmonologist in SBS hospital Andheri

A lung biopsy may be performed in two methods to diagnose LAM:
1. Transbronchial lung biopsy: A bronchoscope, a long, flexible tube, is introduced via your nose or mouth into your windpipe and lungs. Small quantities of lung tissue may be extracted and examined for abnormalities using small forceps at the end of the bronchoscope. This treatment is often performed as an outpatient under sedation and local anesthetic. Although this is a less intrusive method of obtaining a lung biopsy, it may not provide enough tissue to establish an accurate diagnosis. In 50-60% of cases, a transbronchial lung biopsy may confirm the diagnosis of LAM.
2. Video-assisted thoracoscopic lung biopsy is a more invasive procedure, but provides more lung tissue and is diagnostic in almost all cases. You will be sedated and have minor incisions on the side of your chest. A narrow scope with a camera will be passed through the skin and into the chest cavity by a doctor. Biopsies will be removed from the lung tissue for further testing while the procedure is being seen on a video screen.
Call Dr. Indu Bubna | Pulmonologist in SBS hospital Andheri- 9920071302