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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 233-238

Endobronchial ultrasound elastography

1 Department of Internal Medicine 2, Caritas Krankenhaus Bad Mergentheim, Uhlandstr, 7, 97980 Bad Mergentheim, Germany
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Krankenhaus Märkisch Oderland, 15344 Strausberg, Germany
3 Department of Pneumology and Critical Care Medicine, Thoraxklinik and Translational Lung Research Center (TLRCH), Member of the German Lung Research Foundation (DZL), University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Correspondence Address:
Christoph F Dietrich
Caritas Krankenhaus Bad Mergentheim, Uhlandstr, 7, 97980, Bad Mergentheim
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2303-9027.187866

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Elastographic techniques have recently become available as advanced diagnostic tools for tissue characterization. Strain elastography is a real-time technique used with transcutaneous ultrasound (US) and endoscopic US. Convincing evidence is available demonstrating a significant value of strain elastography for the discrimination of benign and malignant lymph nodes (LNs). This paper reviews preliminary data demonstrating the feasibility of performing real-time elastography during endobronchial US (EBUS) and a potential application of this technique for selection of LNs for EBUS-guided transbronchial needle aspiration in patients with lung cancer and extrathoracic malignancies.

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