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[TRANSBRONCHIAL NEEDLE ASPIRATION IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF SARCOIDOSIS]

ZSIRAY Miklós, BADÁR Éva, UDUD Katalin, FÜLÖP Andrea, SZABÓ Zsuzsanna, MATESZ István, MARKÓCZY Zsolt

OCTOBER 20, 2004

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2004;14(10)

[INTRODUCTION - The histological pattern of sarcoidosis and cytological characteristics are similarly unspecific. Nevertheless, both forms of the diagnosis based on morphology can be taken into consideration if the clinical picture and chest X-ray respectively, are fitted and other diseases are excluded. PATIENTS, METHOD AND RESULTS - Enlargement of hilar lymph nodes is present in 80% of cases of sarcoidosis. In this study, transcarinal needle aspiration combined with rapid on-site cytological staining was performed in the case of 33 patients with I. or II. stage of sarcoidosis. The sensitivity was found to be 76%. CONCLUSION - Since the cytologist can inform the bronchologist fairly soon: during the bronchoscopy, bronchial mucosal biopsies or transbronchial lung biopsies are only necessary to obtain in about quarter of patients.]

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