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Chest. 1997 Jan;111(1):103-5.

Relevance of training in transbronchial fine-needle aspiration technique.

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Sección de Neumología, Hospital Universitario Ntra. Sra. del Pino, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Spain.


Transbronchial fine-needle aspiration (TBFNA) is a valuable and low-risk procedure that provides access to mediastinal nodes. To learn if increased experience improved TBFNA performance, we compared overtime TBFNA diagnostic yields between a skilled bronchoscopist and another without experience on TBFNA technique. We found higher TBFNA yields in the experienced bronchoscopist (p < 0.001); however, after some experience, the TBFNA reliability improved (p < 0.02) and the use of the procedure increased (p < 0.0001). Thus, to achieve acceptable TBFNA results, a training period is required that we estimate in about 50 procedures.

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