The diagnostic effectiveness of the flexible bronchoscope in children.


Over a 5-year period 1,000 pulmonary endoscopic procedures (172 laryngoscopies, 828 bronchoscopies) were performed in children less than 10 years of age using flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopes, with sedation and topical anesthesia. An endoscopic diagnosis of direct relevance to the primary indication for the procedure was established in 76% of the cases; in… (More)