The role of bronchoscopy in the management of lung transplant recipients.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Bronchoscopy is an integral piece in the complex multidisciplinary approach to the care of lung transplant recipients. Although the use of surveillance bronchoscopies is controversial, bronchoscopy undoubtedly provides valuable information in patients with respiratory symptoms or functional decline. Therapeutic bronchoscopic interventions offer effective and safe therapy for complications of anastomotic sites. Further research is needed to address critical questions regarding the role of bronchoscopy in this selected patient population. The objectives of the research should be to increase the yield of bronchoscopy, improve its safety, and decrease procedure-related discomfort. Only randomized, multicenter clinical trials with full commitment from lung transplant centers can accomplish these goals.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wahidi, MM; Ernst, A

Published Date

  • December 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 549 - 562

PubMed ID

  • 15585182

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1078-5337

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.rcc.2004.06.008


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States