Endobronchial Ultrasound for Peripheral Lesions

  • Ralf Eberhardt

Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, even though the risk factors for this disease have been thoroughly investigated and are well established. Despite being the most common cancer in the world, it still remains poorly diagnosed at the early stages, and the tragedy of lung cancer is directly associated with its delayed presentation. Most patients who receive an initial diagnosis of lung cancer have advanced stage disease, making cure with currently available techniques unlikely. In contrast, individuals with early stage disease can achieve cure through surgical resection (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

Solitary Pulmonary Nodule

A solitary pulmonary nodule (SPN) is defined radiologically as an intraparenchymal lung lesion that is less than 3 cm in diameter, and is not associated with atelectasis or adenopathy (6). Most SPNs are benign, but more than 150,000 solitary pulmonary nodules are detected annually in the United States. Each of these could indicate the...


Diagnostic Yield Fluoroscopic Guidance Ultrasound Probe Solitary Pulmonary Nodule Transbronchial Biopsy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralf Eberhardt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pneumonology and Critical Care Medicine, ThoraxklinikUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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