Transbronchial needle aspiration in the diagnosis of sarcoidosis

Chest. 1984 Apr;85(4):482-4. doi: 10.1378/chest.85.4.482.


A total of 258 patients with suspected sarcoidosis underwent transbronchial needle aspiration lymph node biopsies and forceps bronchial biopsies during rigid bronchoscopy. Transbronchial needle aspiration biopsies revealed noncaseating granulomas in 66.3 percent of patients. When transbronchial needle aspiration biopsies were combined with forceps bronchial biopsies, the positive rate increased to 77.7 percent. No major complication occurred when using transbronchial needle aspiration. Rigid bronchoscopy with transbronchial needle aspiration biopsies appears to offer a sensitive and specific alternative to more invasive techniques used in the diagnosis of sarcoidosis.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Biopsy
  • Biopsy, Needle
  • Bronchi / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sarcoidosis / diagnosis*