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Myths and Legends: Do We Need to Suck It Up?

Sharma, Deepankar MD; Hovda, Jonathan T. MD, MBA; Bellinger, Christina R. MD

doi: 10.1097/CPM.0000000000000039
Clinical Myths and Evidence-Based Medicine
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Transbronchial needle sampling during bronchoscopy is a commonly performed procedure that can assist during diagnosis and staging of lung cancer. Typically, suction is applied during transbronchial needle aspiration but a number of studies have examined the role of transbronchial needle capillary sampling in which no suction is applied. We review the available literature to evaluate the myth that suction is always necessary and that it yields a better sample.

Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy, and Immunologic Disease, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC

Disclosure: The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to: Deepankar Sharma, MD, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Medical Center Blvd, Winston Salem, NC 27157. E-mail: dsharma@wakehealth.edu.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.