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HEALTHBEAT 4: Endobronchial Ultrasound Bronchoscopy

SIOUX CITY (KTIV)- If you have enlarged lymph nodes in your chest, it could mean a number of different lung disorders, including inflammation, infections, or even cancer.

New technology in one Siouxland hospital makes the procedure to discover the exact diagnosis, is minimally invasive but highly effective.

EBUS is an ultrasound technology that uses a flexible tube to go through your mouth and into your windpipe and lungs.

“We are able to look at the enlarged lymph nodes- which are present outside of the airways,” said Dr. Sandeep Gupta, Pulmonologist, UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s. “And using the ultrasound, pass a needle into that lymph node and aspirate the tissue and get the diagnosis.”

With this technology, the procedure is minimally invasive.

“There is no incisions involved,” said Dr. Gupta. “We get a rapid on-site diagnosis with the pathologist so we kind of know what we are dealing with- is it cancer? Is it not cancer? Is it an infection or something else?”

The entire procedure takes hardly any time at all most of the time, the patient gets the diagnosis that day.

“Within a couple of hours they can go home,” adds Dr. Gupta. “And they can return back to work the same day.”

Dr. Gupta says there are a variety of patients that this technology would benefit.

“Any patient who has had a diagnosis of enlarged lymph nodes present in their chest,” said Dr. Gupta. “It might be in the hilum, it might be around the esophagus. We can do all of those biopsies here now at St. Luke’s with this equipment.”

Dr. Gupta says the technology is new to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s.

In order to have the procedure, you must be referred by a physician.

Jennifer Lenzini

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