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Tuberc Respir Dis (Seoul). 2012 Oct;73(4):197-203. doi: 10.4046/trd.2012.73.4.197. Epub 2012 Oct 31.

Respiratory review of 2012: bronchoscopic innovations and advances.

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Center for Lung Cancer, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea.


Recent advances in bronchoscopy have led to changes in clinical diagnostics and therapeutics in pulmonary medicine. In diagnostic bronchoscopy, there have also been new developments in endobronchial ultrasound technology which may be incorporated into clinical practice in the near future. Functional bronchoscopy, which evaluates information such as airway pressure, airflow, or gas exchange, suggests promising clinical advances in the near future. In therapeutic bronchoscopy, bronchoscopic volume reduction is a novel approach for the treatment of severe emphysema. In this review, seven recently published articles representing current advances in bronchoscopy are summarized and discussed.


Bronchoscopy; Pulmonary Surgical Procedures; Ultrasonography

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