Safety, usefulness and acceptability of fibreoptic bronchoscopy in the elderly.

Abstract

The safety and usefulness of fibreoptic bronchoscopy in the elderly was assessed retrospectively in 204 consecutive patients aged 70 and over. One third of patients were examined as day cases. A bronchial tumour was seen in 67% patients, and biopsies showed malignancy in 78% of these cases. Certain knowledge of a diagnosis of bronchial carcinoma helped in the management of the elderly patient. Fibreoptic bronchoscopy proved to be safe in the presence of marked ventilatory impairment. A prospective questionnaire study in 114 patients showed that most patients found the procedure acceptable and would agree to a repeat if necessary and this was largely independent of age.

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@article{Macfarlane1981SafetyUA, title={Safety, usefulness and acceptability of fibreoptic bronchoscopy in the elderly.}, author={John T Macfarlane and A. Storr and M J Wart and Walter H. Smith}, journal={Age and ageing}, year={1981}, volume={10 2}, pages={127-31} }