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Determination of the False Negative Rate of Percutaneous Needle Biopsies That Include Core Tissue Samples

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Lung Neoplasm

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Determination of the False Negative Rate of Percutaneous Needle Biopsies That Include Core Tissue Samples

We will review medical records to identify patients who underwent percutaneous needle biopsy
of a lung mass between 5/1/01 and 10/30/04. If the pathology report indicates that the
biopsy showed no evidence of malignancy, we will examine the medical record for a "gold
standard" diagnosis of the lesion in question, including the pathology result from a
surgical resection or a repeat biopsy, imaging follow-up demonstrating regression of the
lesion or size stability for at least 2 years, or clinical follow-up for at least 2 years
with no clinical evidence of malignant disease. If this information is not available in the
University Hospital medical record, we will contact the patient to obtain consent for
follow-up using external sources (physician records, imaging studies, pathology reports).

We will derive descriptive statistics (prevalence of malignancy, sensitivity, specificity,
and false negative rates). The overall sample size will be ~500 patients who had PTNB of a
lung mass within the study period. Approximately 80 are expected to have a biopsy result
showing no evidence of malignancy, based on a retrospective review performed under an IRB
exemption (87-04, letter dated 9/28/04). The expected proportion of cases with no evidence
of malignancy is approximately 0.15. For a 95% confidence interval of 0.15+/-0.075 we will
need follow-up information from 61 patients, considering that this is a descriptive study
with a dichotomous variable. This gives us a margin for patients who will be lost to

Inclusion Criteria:

- subjects who underwent percutaneous needle biopsy of a lung mass during the study
period of 5/1/01 to 10/30/04

Exclusion Criteria:

- subjects will be excluded if at least one core sample was not obtained in the course
of the biopsy.

- subjects who had a pathology sample read as "insufficient for diagnosis"

- subjects who underwent needle biopsy only for infection, to identify a causative

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Retrospective

Outcome Measure:

The primary objective is to determine the false negative rate of PTNB procedures that include core tissue samples, and to compare it to the historical false negative rate of PTNB with FNA only.

Outcome Time Frame:

2 years

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Ernest Scalzetti, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

State University of New York - Upstate Medical University


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

June 2006

Completion Date:

April 2010

Related Keywords:

  • Lung Neoplasm
  • Core Biopsy
  • Needle Biopsy
  • Percutaneous Biopsy
  • Neoplasms
  • Lung Neoplasms



SUNY Upstate Medical UniversitySyracuse, New York  13210