Fallibility of transthoracic needle biopsy of anterior mediastinal masses

Lary A. Robinson, John R. Dobson, Philip J. Bierman

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Percutaneous transthoracic core needle biopsy has been advocated as a highly accurate technique for the diagnosis of anterior mediastinal masses. A patient is described with a large anterior mediastinal mass in whom the diagnosis of mediastinal carcinoid tumour was made by transthoracic core needle biopsy. At definitive surgical resection the tumour proved to be a B cell lymphoma. This case illustrates one ofthe important limitations ofneedle biopsy with its potential for sampling error.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1114-1116
Number of pages3
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1995


  • B cell lymphoma
  • Mediastinal neoplasms
  • Needle biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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