Semin Respir Crit Care Med 2018; 39(06): 661-666
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1676775
Review Article
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Lung Nodule Management: An Interventional Pulmonology Perspective

Udit Chaddha
1  Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
,
Jonathan S. Kurman
2  Interventional Pulmonology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
,
Amit Mahajan
3  Interventional Pulmonology, Inova Heart and Vascular Center, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Virginia
,
D. Kyle Hogarth
1  Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
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Publication Date:
14 January 2019 (online)

Abstract

With the rising number of screening and incidentally detected lung nodules, there is an increasing need for evaluation in the safest and least invasive manner. The last two decades have seen substantial evolution in bronchoscopic approaches to diagnose these nodules. Innovative bronchoscopic techniques, often used in conjunction with each other, have significantly improved our ability to navigate to almost any part of the lung. A comprehensive knowledge of available technologies and the factors affecting diagnostic yield is essential to decide on the best way to approach a particular scenario. This article provides an overview of the technical aspects, yield, and limitations of these modalities.