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Teaching conventional transbronchial needle aspiration. A continuum.

Research paper by Atul C AC Mehta, Ko-Pen KP Wang

Indexed on: 25 Dec '13Published on: 25 Dec '13Published in: Annals of the American Thoracic Society



Abstract

Proponents of the endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) propose that in this era of EBUS-TBNA, 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.