Transbronchial needle aspiration

Stephen J. Kelly, Ko Pen Wang

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To determine the value of transbronchial needle aspiration biopsy in the diagnosis of sarcoidosis, we reviewed a one-year experience of consecutive patients with sarcoidosis presenting with hilar and/or paratracheal adenopathy. The sensitivity of transbronchial needle aspiration biopsy in obtaining noncaseating granulomas was 90%. This yield exceeds that of most published reports of transbronchial lung biopsy and bronchial mucosal biopsy and suggests that transbronchial needle aspiration biopsy may be a valuable diagnostic tool in the evaluation of these forms of sarcoidosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-40
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of thoracic imaging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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