Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial lung biopsy in fluoroscopically invisible solitary pulmonary nodules: a prospective trial.
, Eberhardt R
, Becker HD
, Ernst A
2006 Jan ; 129(1):147-50.
Department of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine, Thoraxklinik Heidelberg, Germany.
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Transbronchial biopsy (TBBX) for solitary pulmonary nodules (SPNs) is usually performed under fluoroscopic guidance, but the diagnostic yield depends on lesion size and varies widely. Nodules < 3 cm frequently cannot be visualized fluoroscopically. An alternative guidance technique, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), also allows visualization of pulmonary nodules. This study assessed the diagnostic yield of EBUS-guided TBBX in fluoroscopically invisible SPNs.
PMID: 16424425 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]