Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)

A minimally invasive diagnostic procedure

Used to help diagnose conditions of the airways by taking tissue samples from the lungs and lymph nodes

About

An endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is used to take tissue samples from the lungs or the lymph nodes in the chest. It may be used to check for lung cancer, other cancers that are suspected of spreading to the lymph nodes, lymphoma and other non-cancerous conditions such as sarcoidosis or tuberculosis.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    You'll be given a local anaesthetic to make your throat thumb and a sedative to help you relax during the procedure. You'll be awake during the procedure. The whole procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to one hour.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will let you know how to prepare before your procedure. You may need to avoid eating and drinking for a period of time beforehand. Make sure you tell your consultant about any medication you're taking.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    You may need to be cared for in hospital for a couple of hours after the procedure while the sedative wears off. You can go home the same day. You'll feel drowsy so will need someone to help you get home afterwards as you won't be able to drive.

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