Transbronchial biopsy interpretation in the patient with diffuse parenchymal lung disease
The transbronchial biopsy specimen can provide valuable information for clinical management in the setting of diffuse or multifocal lung disease. Computed tomographic scans are useful for selecting appropriate patients to undergo biopsy and in limiting the differential diagnosis. Knowledge of the clinical context, radiologic distribution of abnormalities, and histopathologic patterns is essential. With this information, the surgical pathologist can substantially influence the diagnostic workup and help guide the clinician to an accurate clinical/radiologic/pathologic diagnosis.