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Table 1 Patient characteristics

From: Diagnostic value of endobronchial and endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration for accessible lung cancer lesions after non-diagnostic conventional techniques: a prospective study

Patient characteristics
Number of patients (n) 123
Mean age (yrs, range) 63.1 (38–88)
Male/female (n, %) 92 (74.8%) / 31 (25.2%)
Location of the target lesion (n, %)  
  Left lung mass 28 (22.7%)
  Right lung mass 47 (38.2%)
  Central pulmonary mass (within hilar and/or mediastinal structures) 13 (10.6%)
  Lymph nodes with increase FDG uptake (primary lesion not accessible by linear EBUS or EUS-FNA) 35 (28.5%)
Mean size of the target lesion (mm)  
  Pulmonary mass 32.1 mm (17-64 mm)
  Lymph nodes short-axis 17.2 mm (13-22 mm)
Non-diagnostic previous investigations (n, %)  
  Flexible bronchoscopy 104 (84.5%)
   Bronchial/bronchoalveolar lavage 104 (100%)
   Bronchial/transbronchial biopsies 91 (87.5%)
   Bronchial brushing 59 (56.7%)
   “Blind” TBNA 15 (14.4%)
  CT-TTNA 19 (15.5%)
≥ 2 non-diagnostic procedures 48 (39.0%)