Table 3—

Procedural details of bronchoscopy

Subjects n121
Anaesthesia
 Local91 (75)
 Local plus sedation30 (25)
 General0 (0)
Biopsy method
 TBNA26 (21)
 EBB76 (63)
 TBB76 (63)
 No biopsy taken19 (16)
Diagnostic procedure#
 TBNA8 (14)
 EBB15 (26)
 TBB41 (72)
 Wash and microbiology2 (4)
Complications
 Bleeding (minor)5 (4)
 Intolerance and stop3 (2)
 Pneumothorax1 (1)
 Other3 (2)
  • Data are presented as n (%) unless otherwise indicated. TBNA: transbronchial needle aspiration; EBB: endobronchial biopsy; TBB: transbronchial biopsy. #: a definite diagnosis (including sarcoidosis and other diagnoses) was obtained by bronchoscopy in 57 patients; this was by means of a unique method in 49 patients, whereas, in eight, a combination of methods was used.