Teaching conventional transbronchial needle aspiration a continuum

Atul C. Mehta, Ko Pen Wang

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-689
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of the American Thoracic Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Bronchoscopy training
  • Conventional TBNA
  • Flexible bronchoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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