An Introduction to Interventional Pulmonology
Interventional pulmonology is a relatively new discipline that uses a range of minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat malignant and non-malignant disorders of the lungs and airways. These include diagnostic bronchoscopy, which can assess previously inaccessible nodules of the lungs using small bronchoscopes and innovative guiding techniques such as electromagnetic navigation, radial ultrasound, cone-beam computed tomography. Asthma and COPD can now be treated endoscopically using techniques such as bronchial thermoplasty and bronchoscopic lung volume reduction. Advances in therapeutic bronchoscopy include customised, 3-dimensional printed, biodegradable and bioactive stents. Ultrasound-guided pleural interventions, photodynamic therapy, small-bore chest tubes, mini-thoracoscopy and indwelling pleural catheters have also transformed pulmonary medicine. At present, many of these interventions are expensive and require skilled multidisciplinary teams.
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Interventional Pulmonology Content
ERS 2019 – Highlights
At ERS 2019 in Madrid, we were joined by some of the top respiratory experts from around the world. Here, they share their highlights from this year’s congress. touchRESPIRATORY.com is an independent information resource supporting physicians, clinicians and leading industry professionals in continuously developing their knowledge, effectiveness and productivity, via free-to-access content in multimedia formats. […]
Frank Sciurba, ATS 2019 – Reduction in Hyperinflation with Zephyr Endobronchial Valves
At the 2019 ATS conference in Dallas, TX, USA, Frank Sciurba (University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, Pittsburgh, PA, USA) discusses the challenges faced by patients with heterogeneous emphysema with negative collateral ventilation (CV) status and the potential of the Zephyr Valve to improve lung function, exercise tolerance and quality of life. Questions 1. What challenges […]
Lung Sequestration in an Octogenarian Male
US Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases, 2017;2(1):37–9 DOI: https://doi.org/10.17925/USRPD.2017.12.02.37
Lung, pulmonary, or broncholpulmonary sequestration is a congenital disorder in which tissue that develops into lung parenchyma is not attached to the bronchial system.1 Blood supply originates from the aorta or various peripheral arteries.1,2 It is also referred to as cystic lung disease. The intralobar type accounts for approximately 75% of cases; extralobar pulmonary sequestration […]
Comparison of the Thin Convex Probe Endobronchial Ultrasound Bronchoscope to Standard Endobronchial Ultrasound and Flexible Bronchoscope—A Cadaveric Study
US Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases, 2017;2(1):33–6 DOI: https://doi.org/10.17925/USRPD.2017.12.02.33
Assessment of peripheral pulmonary nodules and mediastinal lymph nodes is critical in the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide.1,2 Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) continues to evolve, allowing clinicians the ability to evaluate peripheral and central pulmonary lesions as well as various layers of bronchi. Current EBUS bronchoscopes […]
Evaluation of a Steerable Tube Thoracostomy System Compatible with a Flexible Bronchoscope
US Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases, 2016;1(1):14–8 DOI: //doi.org/10.17925/USRPD.2016.01.01.14
Tube thoracostomy (chest tube placement) is a common procedure used in pathologic conditions to drain the pleural space of air (pneumothorax), blood (hemothorax), serum (pleural effusion), lymph (chylothorax), pus (empyema), or a combination of these.1 In these instances, when an effusion or pneumothorax is nonloculated, a properly placed chest tube typically provides drainage and allows […]
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