What is the role of open lung biopsy in the workup of fungal pneumonia?

Updated: Jun 21, 2019
  • Author: Romeo A Mandanas, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Occasionally, performing an open lung biopsy is the only way to prove invasive disease for Aspergillus or Candida organisms. However, this procedure may be difficult to perform in patients with severe neutropenia and thrombocytopenia who are in respiratory failure.


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