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Fine Needle Biopsy May Be Easier Method of Diagnosing Mesothelioma

Fine Needle Biopsy May Be Easier Method of Diagnosing Mesothelioma

Italian doctors have recently been diagnosing patients with mesothelioma in a different manner and believe it may be less painful for patients, but just as effective.

Currently, the only method of mesothelioma diagnosis is to examine affected tissue under a microscope. Most doctors get a sample of pleural tissue (tissue within the lungs) by performing a cutting-needle biopsy. This involves using thoracic ultrasound (TUS) technology to get to the pleural tissue and then removing a portion of the tissue for study.

This is usually uncomfortable and painful for most patients, so this team of Italian doctors have come up with a new, less-invasive method called a fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB).

Using TUS to get to the pleural tissue, these doctors used FNAB to aspirate the tissue, rather than having to cut a portion of it out. While these samples are much smaller, they are still accurate in diagnosis and the procedure is much more comfortable for the patient.

A simpler manner to test for mesothelioma may be a great beginning to the treatments that are being studied today. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. There is currently no cure for mesothelioma and it is a terminal disease.

If you were exposed to asbestos while at your workplace, our Baltimore mesothelioma attorneys can help get you compensation for your suffering. Contact The Law Office of Brown | Kiely, LLP today for a case evaluation. Call us at (410) 625-9330.