After your CT-guided Lung Biopsy
You had a biopsy done on a nodule in your (right/left) lung on _______________.
Dr. ___________________ performed the biopsy.
What should I expect after the biopsy?
Soreness at the entry site. You can take
Tylenol® or ibuprofen as needed for the
next couple of days.
Coughing up blood-tinged sputum for up
to 3 days.
Bruising at the entry site.
How should I care for myself after I go
Rest and do not do any hard activities (i.e.
heavy lifting or cardiovascular activity).
You may return to your normal routine after
24 hours. Do not do hard activities for 5-7
You may eat your normal diet. No
alcohol for 24 hours.
No smoking for the first 24 hours.
You may remove the bandage and
shower the morning after the procedure.
We do not recommend airplane travel
for 2-3 weeks after the procedure.
When should I call the doctor or nurse?
If you have major shortness of breath or
can’t seem to catch your breath, you
should go to the nearest emergency room
right away. Tell them that you recently had
a lung biopsy. This can be a symptom of a
delayed pneumothorax, (lung collapse). It
can be life-threatening. Have them contact
us right away if they have any questions.
What symptoms should I watch for?
If the biopsy site will not stop bleeding.
If you have pain at the biopsy site that is
getting worse after 2-3 days.
If you have a major increase in sputum
in the 24 hours after the procedure.
If you cough up more than a teaspoon of
If you have a temperature greater that
101 θ F.
For questions or problems during the day,
please call our clinic nurse at 608-263-0693.
On weekends or after 5 p.m. call the paging
operator at 608-262-0486. Ask for the
Senior Radiology Resident on-call. Tell
them the name of the doctor who did the
procedure. Leave your name and phone
number with the area code. A doctor will
call you back.
If you live out of the area, call
Results of your biopsy are almost always
ready within 48 business hours. This does
not include the weekend or holidays. If you
have not heard from the doctor that ordered
the lung biopsy by that time, call his or her
office to ask about the results.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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