What is EBUS?
EBUS is a minimally invasive means of achieving fine needle aspirate biopsy of mediastinal lymph nodes and masses, and biopsy of peripheral pulmonary nodules, under direct ultrasound visualisation/guidance. It is a significantly less invasive means of sampling when compared to traditional surgical mediastinoscopy.
Indications for EBUS could include (but are not limited to):
- Mediastinal staging of lung cancer
- Diagnosis of lung cancer
- Investigation of mediastinal adenopathy of uncertain cause
- Diagnosis of sarcoidosis
- Diagnosis of lymphoma
- Diagnosis of metastatic malignant lymphadenopathy
- Diagnosis of peripheral pulmonary nodules/masses
EBUS is usually performed as a day procedure, with return home within a few hours.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.