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Lung India. 2019 Mar-Apr;36(2):154-156. doi: 10.4103/lungindia.lungindia_262_18.

A rare complication of endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration: Pericardial empyema.

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Department of Thoracic Surgery, Gazi University, School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey.
Department of Chest Diseases, Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, School of Medicine, Kahramanmaras, Turkey.


Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)-guided transbronchial biopsy procedure is widely used for the diagnosis of mediastinal lymphadenopathy. İt is a safe method and the complication rate of procedure is <1%. Rarely, the fatal complications may develop after the intervention. Here, we present a case of pericardial empyema occurred as a complication of EBUS-guided transbronchial biopsy procedure.


Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration; pericardial empyema; tamponade

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