Radial endobronchial ultrasound-guided bronchoscopy appeared useful for the diagnosis of peripheral lung lesions in a region with high incident tuberculosis, according to results of a retrospective study. The diagnostic tool also identified tuberculosis lesions more rapidly, results showed.

The analysis included 120 patients who underwent bronchoscopy with radial EBUS guidance. Seventy-six participants had malignant PLLs and 44 participants had benign PLLs.

The diagnostic tool successfully diagnosed TB in 17 of 22 participants, with a positive predictive value of 100%, a negative predictive value of 95.1% and a diagnostic accuracy of 95.8%.