Proponents of the endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) propose that in this era of EBUSTBNA, training for conventional transbronchial needle aspiration (C-TBNA) should be abandoned. The authors of this editorial provide the opposing view. C-TBNA has a short and a steep learning curve and adds to the diagnostic yield of flexible bronchoscopy in a cost-effective fashion. Considering its simplicity, availability, affordability, safety, and several unique indications, C-TBNA continues to contribute to the welfare of patients worldwide. It should remain as an integral part of pulmonary fellowship training programs.
- Bronchoscopy training
- Conventional TBNA
- Flexible bronchoscopy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine