Lung Cancer: Clinical and Surgical Specifications

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This book focuses on the lung cancer, which is the mostly encountered, and one of the most challenging malignant disease of the world. Worldwide, the annual number of new cases of lung cancer is ...
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Lung Cancer Surgery Part H: Interventional Bronchoscopy

Pp. 311-322 (12)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608054428113010021

Author(s): Sedat Altin


The field of interventional bronchoscopy includes several endobronchial treatment techniques that are used to relieve obstruction of the trachea and large bronchi secondary to either benign or malignant process. Balloon dilatation, endobronchial laser therapy, electrocautery, argon plasma coagulation, cryotherapy, photodynamic therapy, brachytherapy and stent application are all frequently used in the management of these disorders. Each technique has a unique set of characteristics that may make it the more or less appropriate modality to use for a specific patient and condition.

These procedures are performed using either rigid or flexible bronchoscopy depending on the particular patient and disease process involved, as well as the bronchoscopist’s experience. Indications of interventional bronchoscopy are [1] malignant airway obstruction, [2] troubleshooting of benign airway obstruction, [3] foreign body aspiration, [4] hemoptysis, and [5] rarely the other applications.


Interventional bronchoscopy, endobronchial treatment, malignant obstruction.