Nose biopsy: a comparison between two sampling techniques

Nili Segal, Lidia Osyntsov, Judith Olchowski, Sofia Kordeluk, Ygal Plakht

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Pre operative biopsy is important in obtaining preliminary information that may help in tailoring the optimal treatment. The aim of this study was to compare two sampling techniques of obtaining nasal biopsy–nasal forceps and nasal scissors in terms of pathological results. Biopsies of nasal lesions were taken from patients undergoing nasal surgery by two techniques- with nasal forceps and with nasal scissors. Each sample was examined by a senior pathologist that was blinded to the sampling method. A grading system was used to rate the crush artifact in every sample (none, mild, moderate, severe). A comparison was made between the severity of the crush artifact and the pathological results of the two techniques. One hundred and forty-four samples were taken from 46 patients. Thirty-one were males and the mean age was 49.6 years. Samples taken by forceps had significantly higher grades of crush artifacts compared to those taken by scissors. The degree of crush artifacts had a significant influence on the accuracy of the pre operative biopsy. Forceps cause significant amount of crush artifacts compared to scissors. The degree of crush artifact in the tissue sample influences the accuracy of the biopsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1445-1448
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • Lesion
  • Nasal biopsy
  • Nasal forceps
  • Nasal scissors


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