Transthoracic fine‐needle aspiration. Experience in a cancer center

John H. Crosby, Bjarne Hager, Kari Høeg

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The authors summarize 5 years' experience with transthoracic fine‐needle aspiration (TFNA) in 180 patients. Aspirated tumors tended to be large and peripheral. A large pneumothorax was seen after 4.3% of aspirations, and various minor complications followed another 23.3%. Emphysema was a significant risk factor for complications. Follow‐up confirmed 151 cancers, with a wide variety of origins and histologic types. In the diagnosis of cancer, TFNA cytology had a specificity of 100% and a sensitivity of 82%. Positive TFNA findings usually provided the earliest microscopic diagnosis of cancer or of cancer stage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2504-2507
Number of pages4
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 15 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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