The Particulars: Previous studies have shown that use of an endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) scope in the esophagus (EUS-B) provides access to areas inaccessible via the bronchial tree. Research has yet to determine if there are differences in post-procedural recovery between EBUS and EUS-B performed with an EBUS scope.
Data Breakdown: A database review of patients undergoing either EBUS or EUS-B found the following:
|Maximal procedural oxygen flow|
|Average sedation (midazolam)|
|Average sedation (fentanyl)|
|Minutes to wean off oxygen|
|Minutes to meet respiratory discharge criteria|
Take Home Pearls: EUS-B appears to require less sedation and oxygen support than EBUS. EUS-B also appears to be associated with shorter recovery times.