Invited Commentary

Commentary on “Major Complications Associated with Conventional Transbronchial Needle Aspiration”

Authors: Alfio Proietto, MD, Francesco Nucera, MD, Gaetano Caramori, MD, PhD


In this issue of the Southern Medical Journal, Zaman and Shrestha1 provide a retrospective on their 14 years of experience with the major complications associated with conventional transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) and an extensive review of the published literature in the field. They make recommendations based on the available evidence regarding the approaches that physicians should use to prevent, whenever possible, these complications.

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1. Zaman MK, Shrestha R. Major complications associated with conventional transbronchial needle aspiration. South Med J 2018;111:565-571.
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