The role of bronchology in pneumological diagnostics

Authors: František Salajka
Authors‘ workplace: Plicní klinika LF UK a FN Hradec Králové
Published in: Vnitř Lék 2017; 63(11): 895-899
Category: Reviews


Bronchoscopic examination has a key role in diagnosing or further specifying of a broad spectrum of respiratory diseases. Although classic bronchoscopy with its rigid instrumentation still upholds its position, the vast majority of procedures are performed with flexible bronchoscopes. Diagnostic possibilities are broadened by new technical findings and procedures, such as endobronchial ultrasonography, examination through autofluorescence, navigated bronchoscopy and others. The material for cytological, microbiological or other examinations can be sampled through a whole number of procedures using specialized instruments. In the hands of an experienced bronchologist it is a safe method accompanied by only a minimum serious complications.

Key words:
bronchoalveolar lavage – diagnostic bronchoscopy – endobronchial ultrasonography – flexible bronchoscope


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