Periprocedural Management in Transthoracic Needle Biopsy: Review of the Current Evidence

  • Eric R. Flagg
  • Travis S. Henry
  • Brett M. Elicker
  • Kim G. Kallianos
  • Karen G. Ordovas
  • David M. Naeger
Chest Imaging (T Henry, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Chest Imaging


Purpose of Review

Transthoracic needle biopsy (TTNB) is a common diagnostic tool with expanding clinical indications. While most literature on this topic has focused on complications and techniques, this review will examine the evidence for periprocedural care specific to lung biopsy.

Recent Findings

Review of the literature reveals great heterogeneity in clinical practice regarding periprocedural management of TTNB, for example, in terms of post-procedural monitoring as well as strategies for dealing with potential complications of TTNB. This is on the basis of a relative paucity of systematic clinical studies to guide management specific to the procedure.


Further studies focused on periprocedural management in TTNB are needed to establish evidence-based guidelines that address the unique clinical aspects and complications of this procedure.


Computed tomography Percutaneous biopsy Interventional radiology Periprocedural management Lung biopsy Transthoracic biopsy 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

Eric R. Flagg, Brett M. Elicker, Kim G. Kallianos, and David M. Naeger each declare no potential conflicts of interest. Travis S. Henry is a section editor for Current Radiology Reports. Karen G. Ordovas is a section editor for Current Radiology Reports.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric R. Flagg
    • 1
  • Travis S. Henry
    • 1
  • Brett M. Elicker
    • 1
  • Kim G. Kallianos
    • 1
  • Karen G. Ordovas
    • 1
  • David M. Naeger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology and Biomedical ImagingUniversity of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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