Surgical Management of Airway Obstruction
Central airway obstruction produces symptoms of dyspnea, stridor and obstructive pneumonia and is frequently life threatening. In benign disease and primary malignant tumors, resection and surgical reconstruction provide the best opportunity for definitive management. However, bronchoscopic management is the first step in providing a diagnosis, stabilizing the obstructed airway, and evaluating resectability. In patients that are unresectable due to anatomic limitation, metastatic disease, or overall medical condition, endoscopic techniques are minimally invasive and can provide significant palliation.
KeywordsAirway Obstruction Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Tracheal Stenosis Distal Airway Rigid Bronchoscope
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