CT (computed tomography) guided lung or pleural biopsy aftercare
This page gives you information about aftercare following your lung/pleural biopsy.
What to expect after your biopsy
You can eat and drink normally after your CT scan. We recommend that you drink plenty of fluids for the following 2 to 3 days.
The results of the CT scan will be sent to the doctor who requested the test. The doctor will contact you to arrange a follow-up appointment.
If you experience any of the following it is important that you contact the Radiology Nurses, 111 or A&E department:
|What to look for||Possible complications||Frequency||Actions to take|
|Bruising||Common||Simple pain relief|
|Swelling and pain around the site of the biopsy||Haematoma||Rare||
Apply a cold compress
such as an ice pack wrapped in a tea towel.
Take simple pain relief such as paracetamol to relieve any pain. If the swelling or pain does not improve over the next few days telephone the Radiology Nurses.
Breathlessn ess or
of air around lung)
nearest Emergency Department straight away
Swelling over the biopsy site with
redness, fever or
the biopsy site
hours, telephone the Radiology Nurses for advice. Out of hours call NHS 111. Do not ignore this symptom
Coughing up a small
|Blood in your spittle or mucous||Uncommon||
should settle over 2 to 3 days.
If you experience any other symptoms you should contact your GP for advice.
If you have any problems or questions, please contact the Radiology Nurses.
Tel: 0300 422 6245
Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm
Alternately you can you contact your GP or NHS 111 for advice.