Technical aspects of endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration

Tuberc Respir Dis (Seoul). 2013 Oct;75(4):135-9. doi: 10.4046/trd.2013.75.4.135. Epub 2013 Oct 29.


Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) is becoming a standard method for invasive mediastinal staging and for the diagnosis of paratracheal and peribronchial lesions. It is essential to understand the technical aspects of EBUS-TBNA to ensure safe and efficient procedures. In this review, we discuss the practical aspects to be considered during EBUS-TBNA, including anesthesia, manipulation of equipment, understanding mediastinal ultrasound images, target selection, number of aspirations needed per target, sample handling, and complications.

Keywords: Bronchoscopy; Endobronchial Ultrasound; Lung Neoplasms.

Publication types

  • Review