Borgeskov, S. and Francis, D. (1974).Thorax, 29, 352-354. A comparison between fine-needle biopsy and fiberoptic bronchoscopy in patients with lung lesions. We present a series of 40 patients with lung lesions in whom a specific diagnosis was not obtained by conventional methods of examination and in whom tumour was not visualized directly by bronchoscopy with a flexible bronchoscope. Bronchial brushing and blind biopsy-taking were performed and the results were compared with those of fine-needle aspiration biopsy. The percentage of diagnoses for the two methods was 30 and 62 respectively. In 40% of cases the diagnosis was obtained solely by fine-needle aspiration biopsy and in 10% alone with the aid of the flexible bronchoscope.
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