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Use of Flexible Bronchoscopy in the Diagnosis of Infectious Etiologies: A Literature Review

Houshmand, Farnaz MD; Ogake, Stella MD; Bowling, Mark R. MD, FCCP; Brown, Craig MD

doi: 10.1097/CPM.0000000000000139
Clinical Myths and Evidence-Based Medicine

Flexible bronchoscopy is a common tool utilized to assist physicians in the diagnosis of suspected infectious disease of the pulmonary system. This manuscript reviews the utility of bronchoscopy for the management of infectious conditions.

Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Disclosure: M.R.B. is a paid consultant for Medtronic. The remaining authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to: Mark R. Bowling, MD, FCCP, Department of internal medicine, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, 500 Moye Blvd., Greenville, NC 27858. E-mail: bowling@ecu.edu.

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