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01.12.2015 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2015 Open Access

BMC Pulmonary Medicine 1/2015

Efficacy of TB-PCR using EBUS-TBNA samples in patients with intrathoracic granulomatous lymphadenopathy

BMC Pulmonary Medicine > Ausgabe 1/2015
Jung Seop Eom, Jeong Ha Mok, Min Ki Lee, Kwangha Lee, Min Ji Kim, Sun Mi Jang, Hae Jung Na, Seung Eon Song, Geewon Lee, Eun-Jung Jo, Mi-Hyun Kim, Ki Uk Kim, Hye-Kyung Park
Wichtige Hinweise
Jung Seop Eom and Jeong Ha Mok contributed equally to this work.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

JSE, JHM, and MKL conceived the initial idea and the study design. JSE, JHM, MKL, KL, MJK, SMJ, HJN, SES, GL, EJJ, MHK, KUK, and HKP contributed to data analysis and interpreted results. JSE, JHM, and MKL drafted the manuscript. All authors revised the manuscript and approved the final version.



Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) is widely used to perform mediastinal lymph node sampling. However, little information is available on polymerase chain reaction for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB-PCR) using EBUS-TBNA samples in patients with intrathoracic granulomatous lymphadenopathy (IGL).


A retrospective study using a prospectively collected database was performed from January 2010 to December 2014 to evaluate the efficacy of the TB-PCR test using EBUS-TBNA samples in patients with IGL. During the study period, 87 consecutive patients with isolated intrathoracic lymphadenopathy who received EBUS-TBNA were registered and 46 patients with IGL were included.


Of the 46 patients with IGL, tuberculous lymphadenitis and sarcoidosis were diagnosed in 16 and 30 patients, respectively. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of TB-PCR for tuberculous lymphadenitis were 56, 100, 100, and 81 %, respectively. The overall diagnostic accuracy of TB-PCR for tuberculous lymphadenitis was 85 %. In addition, seven (17 %) patients had non-diagnostic results from a histological examination and all of them had non-diagnostic microbiological results of an acid-fast bacilli smear and culture. Four (57 %) of the seven patients with non-diagnostic results had positive TB-PCR results, and anti-tuberculosis treatment led to clinical and radiological improvement in all of the patients.


TB-PCR using EBUS-TBNA samples is a useful laboratory test for diagnosing IGL. Moreover, this technique can prevent further invasive evaluation in patients whose histological and microbiological tests are non-diagnostic.
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