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Role of Therapeutic and Interventional Bronchoscopy in the Intensive Care Unit

Ogake, Stella, MD; Bellinger, Christina, MD

doi: 10.1097/CPM.0000000000000259
Clinical Myths and Evidence-Based Medicine

Bronchoscopy is a common tool utilized for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in a diversity of clinical scenarios. Flexible bronchoscopy is increasingly being used safely in the management of critically ill patients and facilitates the management of a variety of pulmonary disorders. This manuscript examines the utility of interventional bronchoscopy in the critical care setting.

Myth: Therapeutic bronchoscopy has a limited role in the management of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Immunologic Diseases, Wake Forest, School Of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC

Disclosure: The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to: Stella Ogake, MD, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Medical Center Blvd, Winston Salem, NC 27157. E-mail:

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