TITLE

Usefulness of transbronchial needle aspiration in evaluating patients with lung cancer

AUTHOR(S)
Gasparini, S.; Sulvestri, G. A.
PUB. DATE
November 2005
SOURCE
Thorax;Nov2005, Vol. 60 Issue 11, p890
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Editorial
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the usefulness of transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) in evaluating patients with lung cancer. This technique had great potential in both the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer as well as other diseases. The only limiting requirements that the lymph node must be in close contact with the airways, which is most frequently the case in patients with lung cancer. It has been estimated that the percentage of pulmonologists using TBNA is between 11 percent and 30 percent. The three most often cited reasons for not performing TBNA are: problems with the technique; a belief that TBNA is not useful; and the lack of on-site cytopathology to assess the adequacy of the specimen.
ACCESSION #
19032243

 

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