When Less Is More: EBUS-TBNA for the Diagnosis of Pleural Lesions

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The investigation of pleural lesions is challenging. Thoracoscopic pleural biopsies are often the chosen approach for diagnosis and, in case of malignancy, for disease staging and palliation pleurodesis. Minimally invasive techniques represent a valid option in patients that cannot undergo surgery, minimizing the risks related to more aggressive procedures. Here we report the case of a 63-year-old man with computed tomography evidence of paratracheal pleural thickening that was successfully sampled with endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration. This technique should be considered for the diagnosis of pleural lesions adjacent to the main airway; it represents a safer, better tolerated, and less invasive alternative to operation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-475
Number of pages3
JournalInnovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2019


  • flexible bronchoscopy
  • pleural thickening
  • thoracoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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