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Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy in the Diagnosis of Peripheral Lung Lesions

Khan, Irtaza MD; Chin, Robert MD; Adair, Norman MD; Chatterjee, Arjun MD; Haponik, Edward MD; Conforti, John DO

doi: 10.1097/CPM.0b013e318203657e
Clinical Myths

Diagnosis of peripherally located lung masses is of low yield with flexible bronchoscopy and carries a high risk of pneumothorax with transthoracic fine needle aspiration. Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy has been used in these situations with reported high diagnostic yield and low risk of complications. We carried out a review of literature to assess the diagnostic yield and complication rate of electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy compared with the traditionally used modalities for the diagnosis of peripheral lung lesions.

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Wake Forest University, Baptist Medical Center, Winston Salem, NC

Sources of support: None.

Funding: None.

Address correspondence to: John Conforti, DO, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Wake Forest University, Baptist Medical Center, Medical Center Blvd., Winston Salem, NC 27157 e-mail: jfconfor@wfubmc.edu.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.