Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle biopsy for M1 staging of extrathoracic malignancies.

@article{Tournoy2011EndobronchialUT,
  title={Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle biopsy for M1 staging of extrathoracic malignancies.},
  author={Kurt G. Tournoy and Elke Govaerts and Thomas J Malfait and Christophe A Dooms},
  journal={Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology},
  year={2011},
  volume={22 1},
  pages={127-31}
}
BACKGROUND extrathoracic malignancies metastasize to the mediastinum and/or pulmonary hilum. Mediastinoscopy and thoracoscopy are standard to obtain tissue proof of metastatic spread but are invasive. Endobronchial ultrasound with real-time-guided transbronchial fine-needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) is a minimally invasive alternative for surgical staging of lung cancer. METHODS we analysed the test characteristics of EBUS-TBNA in consecutive patients with a suspicion of mediastinal or hilar… CONTINUE READING