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Bin Hwangbo, MD, PhD; Hyae-Young Kim, MD, PhD; Geon-Kook Lee, MD, PhD; Jae Ill Zo, MD, PhD
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From the Center for Lung Cancer, National Cancer Center.

Correspondence to: Bin Hwangbo, MD, PhD, Center for Lung Cancer, National Cancer Center, 323 Ilsan-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang, 410-769, Korea; e-mail: hbb@ncc.re.kr


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Chest. 2011;140(1):273. doi:10.1378/chest.11-0754
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To the Editor:

We thank Dr Wang and colleagues for their thoughtful comments on our recent article.1 Our study showed the usefulness of endoscopic ultrasound with bronchoscope-guided fine needle aspiration (EUS-B-FNA) following endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) in the mediastinal staging of potentially operable lung cancer. We agree that caution is needed in the use of EUS-B-FNA in clinical practice. Many bronchoscopists have not been trained in upper-GI endoscopic procedures and are not familiar with mediastinal ultrasound images observed from the esophagus.

Our study showed that accessibility to the mediastinum was greater with the transbronchial approach than with the transesophageal approach. Therefore, examination of the mediastinum with EUS-B-FNA after examination with EBUS-TBNA provided additional diagnostic information in a relatively small group of patients. Among 45 patients who were finally confirmed to have mediastinal metastasis, the stage for three was raised to N2 disease after use of the transesophageal procedure. EUS-B-FNA following EBUS-TBNA can be useful when lesions are accessible only by EUS-B-FNA and when the status of the target can change the treatment plan.

The use of an ultrasound bronchoscope in the esophagus broadens the number of choices of endoscopic procedures in mediastinal staging. Conventional endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) is traditionally performed by gastroenterologists. The advantages of respiratory physicians performing EUS-FNA in lung cancer staging have been discussed.2,3 Availability of the EUS-B-FNA procedure may change the approach used by bronchoscopists to stage lung cancer. We evaluated the additional gain provided by EUS-B-FNA when done after EBUS-TBNA. However, EUS-B-FNA can be used as a first-line examination method in a combined EBUS-EUS approach. EUS-FNA is a better-tolerated procedure than EBUS-TBNA. EUS-B-FNA can be readily coupled with bronchoscopic procedures when bronchoscopy is difficult because of severe cough, dyspnea, cardiac problems, or other conditions.4 However, dedicated training in transesophageal examination procedures is mandatory.

Hwangbo B, Lee G-K, Lee HS, et al. Transbronchial and transesophageal fine-needle aspiration using an ultrasound bronchoscope in mediastinal staging of potentially operable lung cancer. Chest. 2010;1384:795-802. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Janes SM, Spiro SG. Esophageal endoscopic ultrasound/endobronchial ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration: a new dawn for the respiratory physician? Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2007;1754:297-299. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Annema JT, Rabe KF. Why respiratory physicians should learn and implement EUS-FNA. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2007;1761:99. [PubMed]
 
Hwangbo B, Lee HS, Lee GK, et al. Transoesophageal needle aspiration using a convex probe ultrasonic bronchoscope. Respirology. 2009;146:843-849. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 

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Hwangbo B, Lee G-K, Lee HS, et al. Transbronchial and transesophageal fine-needle aspiration using an ultrasound bronchoscope in mediastinal staging of potentially operable lung cancer. Chest. 2010;1384:795-802. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Janes SM, Spiro SG. Esophageal endoscopic ultrasound/endobronchial ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration: a new dawn for the respiratory physician? Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2007;1754:297-299. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Annema JT, Rabe KF. Why respiratory physicians should learn and implement EUS-FNA. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2007;1761:99. [PubMed]
 
Hwangbo B, Lee HS, Lee GK, et al. Transoesophageal needle aspiration using a convex probe ultrasonic bronchoscope. Respirology. 2009;146:843-849. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
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