Transbronchial needle aspiration in diagnosing and staging lung cancer: how many aspirates are needed?

@article{Chin2002TransbronchialNA,
  title={Transbronchial needle aspiration in diagnosing and staging lung cancer: how many aspirates are needed?},
  author={Robert Chin and Trent W McCain and M A Lucia and James O. Cappellari and Norman E. Adair and James F Lovato and Donnie P. Dunagan and Michael A. Brooks and Hollins P. Clark and Edward F. Haponik},
  journal={American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine},
  year={2002},
  volume={166 3},
  pages={
          377-81
        }
}
Transbronchial needle aspiration has emerged as a key technique for sampling mediastinal adenopathy but variable yields are reported. To determine the number of aspirates needed to optimize yield, we prospectively studied transbronchial needle aspiration and the sequential effect of each successive specimen on diagnostic yield in 79 patients with known or suspected lung carcinoma and mediastinal adenopathy. A total of 451 aspirates were performed in 79 patients (mean, 5.7 aspirates per patient… CONTINUE READING

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