John Libbey Eurotext

Hépato-Gastro & Oncologie Digestive


Screening of mediastinal nodes by endoscopic ultrasound and endobronchial ultrasound Volume 19, issue 7, Septembre 2012


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Institut Bergonié, Groupe digestif, 229, cours de l’Argonne, 33076 Bordeaux cedex, France

Mediastinal lymphadenopathy may be detected by CT-scan or positron emission tomography. Malignant (e.g. lung cancer, metastatic cancer, lymphoma), infectious (e.g. tuberculosis, histoplasmosis), and systemic processes (e.g. sarcoidosis) can cause mediastinal adenopathy. In the posterior and inferior mediastinum, endoscopic ultrasound vizualizes and directs transesophageal fine needle aspiration of adenopathy. In the anterior mediastinum, endobronchial ultrasound vizualizes and directs transbronchial fine needle aspiration of adenopathy. We discuss the role of EUS and EBUS in the evaluation of mediastinal adenopathy according to their anatomical localization.