Transesophageal endoscopic ultrasound with fine-needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) is a minimally invasive technique to investigate the mediastinum. Although EUS-FNA can be considered in general as a safe technique, complications do occur. We here report an infectious complication of EUS-FNA that occurred after puncture of a large malignant necrotic mediastinal lymph node.

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Journal of Thoracic Oncology
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Aerts, J.G.J.V, Kloover, J, Los, J, van der Heijden, O, Janssens, A, & Tournoy, K. (2008). EUS-FNA of enlarged necrotic lymph nodes may cause infectious mediastinitis. Journal of Thoracic Oncology, 3(10), 1191–1193. doi:10.1097/JTO.0b013e3181872752