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Pleural biopsy using either video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery or medical pleuroscopy is the current diagnostic gold standard for pleural pathology with a high, yet imperfect, diagnostic yield. Cryobiopsy may provide greater tissue, increase depth of sampled tissue, and/or reduce crush artifact. However, its impact on diagnostic yield remains uncertain and there are potential concerns regarding its safety too. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis in order to investigate the same.
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