Mesothelioma biopsy


This is a diagnostic procedure often aimed at getting a comfirmatory diagnosis in suspected patients. A little sample of a cancerous mass can be used for diagnosis. Also, the extraction and assessment of the fluid around the lung, can also be used for mesothelioma diagnosis, but these specimens are sometimes not adequate for determining cell type (epithelial, sarcomatous, or mixed) or because of the uncertainty of fluid diagnosis, the recommendation is open pleural biopsy.

Biopsies of the pleural lining, nodules, pleural fluid and masses can then easily be taken using this minimally invasive procedure, and other therapies such as pleurodesis (talc) for fliud build up can then be done simultaneously. Mesothelioma patients are placed under general anesthesia, and several little cuts are made through the wall of the chest.

Mesothelioma biopsy

The surgeon then inserts a small camera, through a scope, into one of the opening, and tissue specimens can be retrieved or taken from the mesothelioma lung, from other opening using other surgical instruments. The surgeon is then able to finish the necessary procedures by viewing the images on a video screen.

In a pleural biopsy operation, a surgeon will make a little opening through the wall of the chest and insert a thoracoscope between two ribs in the chest.

Then he will extract a sample of the tissue from the mesothelioma lung to be examined under a microscope by a pathologist.

In a peritoneal biopsy process, the surgeon also will make a little cut in the abdomen and inserts a peritoneoscope into the abdominal cavity.

If mesothelioma is suspected, it will then be confirmed by a pathologist examination. A sample is extracted, examined under a microscope, and a pathologist gives a comfirmatory mesothelioma diagnosis, and writes a pathology report, this bunch of processes ends the diagnosis, and positive mesothelioma patients are needed to seek medical assistance.

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