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Table 2 Outcome of suspicious for malignancy, nonspecific and inadequate pleural biopsy results at 12 months

From: Uniportal VATS pleural biopsy in the diagnosis of exudative pleural effusion: awake or intubated?

Outcomes Uniportal VATS
(n = 46)
Uniportal AVATS
(n = 24)
Suspicious for Malignancy 3 3
 Remained suspicious for malignancy 1/3 (33.3%) 2/3 (66.6%)
 Confirmed malignant 2/3 (66.6%) 1/3 (33.3%)
 No longer suspicious for malignancy 0/3 (0%) 0/3 (0%)
Nonspecific 40 18
 Benign 36/40 (90%) 13/18 (72.2%)
 Malignant diagnosis 3/40 (7.5%) 3/18 (16.6%)
 Suspicious for Malignancy 0/40 (0%) 0/18 (0%)
 Lost to follow-up 1/40 (2.5%) 2/18 (11%)
Inadequate sampling 3 3
 Malignant diagnosis 3/3 (100%) 1/3 (33.3%)
  1. VATS Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, AVATS Awake video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery