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June 4, 2008

Lung Cancer Staging With Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Techniques

JAMA. 2008;299(21):2509-2511. doi:10.1001/jama.299.21.2509-a

To the Editor: In their study of minimally invasive endoscopic staging of suspected lung cancer, Dr Wallace and colleagues1 concluded that endobronchial ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (EBUS-FNA) has higher sensitivity than traditional transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA). When evaluating the relative accuracy of a newer technique, it is important to ensure that the standard technique (in this case TBNA) is performed to recognized standards.