Diagnostic procedures in obtaining pathological materials for pulmonary nodules due to primary lung cancer.


This study analyzed the diagnostic procedures of 391 patients with a pulmonary nodule due to lung cancer encountered in the practice from 1987 to 1997. Transbronchial biopsy and cytological procedures under fiberoptic bronchoscopy made a diagnosis in 329 (84.1%) of the patients. In 266 patients with endoscopically invisible tumor, transbronchial biopsy gave… (More)


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