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Anesthesia for Bronchoscopic Procedures

  • Mona SarkissEmail author


Bronchoscopic procedures whether diagnostic or therapeutic constitute a challenge to both the brochoscopist and the patient due to the anxiety and vigorous airway reflexes associated with airway instrumentation as well as the pathology affecting airway patency and/or ventilation. This chapter will first describe the common bronchoscopic procedures and the main preoperative evaluation pointers. This is followed by a detailed description of the spectrum of anesthesia techniques, from light sedation to general anesthesia, that can be used to facilitate bronchoscopic procedures. Additionally, a depiction of a variety of ventilation techniques and airway devices that are used for airway procedures is detailed. Complications associated with bronchoscopic airway procedures and their management is also discussed. Lastly, the design of a bronchoscopic suite where anesthesia support for bronchoscopic procedures can be performed safely is described.


Interventional bronchoscopy Bronchoscopy suite Jet ventilation Rigid bronchoscopy Therapeutic bronchoscopy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative MedicineThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pulmonary MedicineThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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