What is the role of lung biopsy in patients with viral pneumonia?

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
  • Author: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Infrequently, lung biopsy (ie, transbronchial via a bronchoscope, transthoracic via a thoracoscope, or open lung) is required to make a diagnosis in very ill patients, who often are immunocompromised.


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