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Pulmonary Medicine

Interventional Bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopy is a minimally invasive technique that helps pulmonary specialists diagnose and even simultaneously treat a wide range of lung disorders. A bronchoscope is a lighted, flexible tube attached to a tiny camera. Geisinger doctors maneuver the scope into the trachea and lungs, guided by highly magnified images projected by the camera.  

Interventional bronchoscopy is an important alternative to surgery in identifying, and sometimes treating, the following disorders:

  • Benign and malignant cancers of the trachea or lung
  • Infections
    • Bacterial-tuberculosis
    • Fungal-histoplasmosis
    • Viral-papillomatosis
  • Inflammatory diseases
    • Wegener's granulomatosis
    • sarcoidosis
  • Tracheobronchial stenosis
    • Inhalation of noxious or toxic agents
    • Post lung transplantation
    • Post endotracheal intubation
  • Foreign body aspiration

Rigid bronchoscopy and videobronchoscopy techniques include:

  • Laser bronchoscopy
  • Argon plasma coagulation
  • Tracheobronchial stent placement
  • Transbronchial needle aspiration
  • Balloon dilatation
  • Cryotherapy
  • Electrocautery
  • Brachytherapy
  • Foreign body removal