Indications for Flexible Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy in Pediatric Patients

Sherahe Brown Fitzpatrick, Bernard Marsh, Dennis Stokes, Ko Wang

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Although the availability of flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FFB) has been a major advance in adult pulmonary medicine, the role of FFB in pediatrics has remained less well defined. Therefore, a two-year retrospective study was undertaken to determine the indications for FFB in 95 pediatric patients (mean age, 6.9 years) who underwent 129 FFB procedures. Indications for FFB included stridor (41/129), abnormal chest roentgenogram (38/129), airway evaluation in patients with tracheostomy (13/129), airway obstruction (11/129), hoarseness (9/129), recurrent pneumonia (7/129), chronic cough (4/129), failed extubation (3/129), tracheal injury (2/129), and hemoptysis (1/129). Overall, a specific diagnosis was made in 88% of cases, of which 48% involved a lower airway disorder. A minor complication rate of 2% was observed with no major complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)595-597
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Diseases of Children
Volume137
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1983

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Bronchoscopy
Pediatrics
Hoarseness
Pulmonary Medicine
Hemoptysis
Tracheostomy
Respiratory Sounds
Airway Obstruction
Cough
Pneumonia
Thorax
Retrospective Studies
Wounds and Injuries

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Indications for Flexible Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy in Pediatric Patients. / Fitzpatrick, Sherahe Brown; Marsh, Bernard; Stokes, Dennis; Wang, Ko.

In: American Journal of Diseases of Children, Vol. 137, No. 6, 1983, p. 595-597.

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Fitzpatrick, Sherahe Brown ; Marsh, Bernard ; Stokes, Dennis ; Wang, Ko. / Indications for Flexible Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy in Pediatric Patients. In: American Journal of Diseases of Children. 1983 ; Vol. 137, No. 6. pp. 595-597.
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