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A Journal on Diseases of the Respiratory System

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Thoracic Endoscopy
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, Scopus

Frequency: Quarterly

ISSN 0026-4954

Online ISSN 1827-1723


Minerva Pneumologica 2006 March;45(1):39-51


Diagnostic bronchoscopic approach to mediastinal diseases

Trisolini R. 1, Paioli D. 1, Cancellieri A. 2, Patelli M. 1

1 Unit of Thoracic Endoscopy and Pulmonology Ospedale Maggiore, Bologna, Italy
2 Unit of Pathology Ospedale Maggiore, Bologna, Italy

Bronchoscopic diagnostic approach to mediastinal diseases has been revolutionized in the last 2 decades by the widespread use of transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA). This is a low cost, minimally invasive procedure with a low complication rate. The technique is a versatile one, as it can be used to sample mediastinal, submucosal, peribronchial, and peripheral pulmonary lesions. In the specific setting of the mediastinal diseases, TBNA has been successfully used in diagnosis of neoplastic, inflammatory, infectious, and developmental disorders involving the middle mediastinum.

language: English


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