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Mediastinal abscess after endobronchial ultrasound with transbronchial needle aspiration: a case report

Authors
Journal
Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
1749-8090
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Volume
5
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/1749-8090-5-33
Source
Legacy
Keywords
  • Case Report
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) with transbronchial needle aspiration is now becoming widely accepted as a preferred staging technique. It has been perceived as a non-invasive and well tolerated procedure with minimal complications. We report the development and treatment of a severe complication that developed 2 weeks after the initial procedure in the form of a complex mediastinal abscess. EBUS although useful in its non-invasive application for diagnosing mediastinal or hilar disease, must be regarded with caution since the potential exists to develop severe complications.

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