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Bronchoscopic procedures have a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic uses for examining and treating disorders of the airways and lungs.
Bronchoscopy is usually performed under moderate sedation or general anesthesia.
In a standard flexible bronchoscopy procedure, a small flexible tube with a camera and light source is passed through the mouth or nose of the patient, which allows the physician to examine the large and small airways of the lung (or lungs). If needed, the physician will also collect washings or biopsy samples for laboratory evaluation.
Bronchoscopy is one of the advanced technological tools available at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi to aid the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer. An endobronchial ultrasound bronchoscopy (EBUS) can be used for rapid diagnosis and noninvasive staging of lung cancer. This technology allows for the use of ultrasound waves within the branches of the patient’s airways, and dramatically improves safety and the diagnostic value of the information collected.
Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (EMN) is a procedure that uses GPS-like technology to guide the bronchoscopist to peripheral and difficult-to-reach lung lesions, which allows for samples to be collected and can aid in the early diagnosis of certain lung diseases.
Some treatments for respiratory disorders are performed via bronchoscopy, including:
Other treatments that utilize bronchoscopy include:
The Program’s multidisciplinary team of caregivers includes several highly specialized interventional bronchoscopists with dedicated interventional pulmonology training and experience performing advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Caregivers include: