Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) as a diagnostic tool for the evaluation of mediastinal pathology: The Leicester experience

Pranab Haldar*, Abdul Nasimudeen, Andrew Medford, Jonathan Bennett, Sanjay Agrawal

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is a recently developed and evolving tool that enables sampling of mediastinal lymph nodes and other peribronchial tissues using real-time ultrasonic image guidance. Studies to date report superior diagnostic specificity and sensitivity with EBUS, compared with conventional transbronchial needle aspiration performed without image guidance. Furthermore, the specificity of EBUS for malignant mediastinal lymph node disease is comparable to the gold standard of surgical mediastinoscopy. As a clinical tool, EBUS is a minimally invasive, out-patient procedure that is fast transforming diagnostic pathways for mediastinal pathology. In this article, we summarise the technical aspects of EBUS and present our local clinical experience of 18 months.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-53
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Ultrasound and Applied Technologies in Perioperative Care
Volume1
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial ultrasound
  • Lung cancer
  • Mediastinal lymph node
  • Transbronchial needle aspiration

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