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General Information on Biopsy
Bronchoscopy
Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) Biopsy
Mediastinoscopy
Thoracentesis

General Information on Biopsy

The Biopsy Report: A Patient's Guide (Edward O. Uthman, MD)
Excellent patient introduction to biopsy and pathology. Covers excisional, incisional, endoscopic, colposcopic, fine needle aspiration, punch and bone marrow biopsies; specimen processing; and pathological examination. Includes a glossary of important terms used in pathologic diagnoses. [11/97]



Bronchoscopy

Review of Recent Advances in Fluorescence Bronchoscopy in Localization of Central Airway Lung Cancer
by Timothy C. Kennedy, Stephen Lam and Fred R. Hirsch
v.6, no.3 The Oncologist (June 2001): 257-262
Comprehensive report on the use of fluorescence bronchoscopy for detecting early lung cancers. Notes that fluorescence bronchoscopy technology may be of value in detecting subtle synchronous malignancy in preoperative lung cancer patients as well as perhaps more accurately estimating the extent of cancer prior to resection. [6/01]



Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) Biopsy

EBUS Increases Yield for Transbronchial Needle Aspiration (Medscape)
Reports on a randomized study presented at the 2002 CHEST annual meeting that compared endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) to conventional TBNA in 200 patients referred for TBNA of enlarged mediastinal lymph nodes. EUS-guided TBNA demonstrated significantly increased yield, suggested that EBUS-guided TBNA is a superior approach. Registration required for free access to Medscape. [11/02]

Endoscopic Ultrasound-guided Fine Needle Aspiration - Recent MEDLINE Abstracts (PubMed)



Mediastinoscopy

Mediastinoscopy (Harvard Family Health Guide)
Explains mediastinoscopy: what it is, how to prepare, what to expect, and what to do afterwards. [10/99]



Thoracentesis

Thoracentesis (American Thoracic Society)
Describes thoracentesis and outlines its benefits and risks. [2000]



 

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