How are specimens prepared following an endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)?

Updated: Apr 24, 2019
  • Author: Narayan Neupane, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Aspirated specimen is smeared onto glass slides and air dried, so that an on-site cytopathologist can evaluate the specimen. The use of rapid on-site evaluation significantly improves the diagnostic yield of transbronchial aspiration, [35]  and it is a cost-effective approach. [36] It helps avoid the need for additional biopsies without loss in diagnostic yield and reduces the complication rate associated with bronchoscopy. [37, 38]  


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