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Oct 14, 2014 · Howdy fellow worriers: Questions about lung biopsy for COPD in Lung Health

Hi Margaret –

Much obliged for the info. Doesn\’t sound as bad as I feared and helps put
my mind at ease. Coincidentally, I just got word (minutes ago) that the
biopsy has been ordered. *Damn*.

Tony

Oct 9, 2014 · DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My father, who is 70, was a smoker for [...] in Lung Health

Margaret – Pretty good idea. A few months back my doctor went in to stent my carotid but never got that far. Why? He ran smack-dab into a giant AAA. He said it was about to pop… 6cm. or something (not that i know what that actually means).

The Yank

Oct 9, 2014 · Howdy fellow worriers: Questions about lung biopsy for COPD in Lung Health

Howdy fellow worriers (I speak mainly for myself)… I’ve got a bunch of probs, but never let ’em get me down. Until lately, that is. Now My COPD has decided to flare (I’m writing this from the hospital) and – icing on the proverbial cake – I’ve been told “That spot on your lung has grown.” Well, that ain’t good, but it’s a double whammy when nobody mentioned the spot BEFORE it grew. When I mentioned this little oversight, I got an indifferent, “Oh, nobody told you?”

Okay, enough venting. I had a Pet-Scan two days ago (no results yet) but am hoping for the best. Still, I’m thinking, what if they want to do a biopsy? If been reading (justifying my cowardice) that the biopsy is a much overused procedure. True? False?

Has anybody been through one? And for the the $64000 question: Does it hurt? A lot?

Thanks,

The Yank