Transbronchial needle aspiration of mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes is a well-established technique for the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer as well as sarcoidosis. However, it is not clear as to the role of this procedure in the diagnosis of lymphoproliferative disorders. This article reviews the available data to investigate the utility of transbronchial needle aspiration for this group of disorders.
*Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, 350C-MA Vidant Medical Center
†ECU Physicians-Thoracic Surgery, School of Medicine, East Carolina Heart Institute
‡Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Disclosures: S.B.-O. and M.R.B. are paid consultants for Covidien Surgical Solutions. A.K.R. declares that there is nothing to disclose.
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