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Office-Based Bronchoscopy*: Ready for Your Practice?

William W. Lunn, MD, FCCP
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*From Interventional Pulmonology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

Correspondence to: William W. Lunn, MD, FCCP, 1709 Dryden St, Suite 950, Houston, TX 77030; e-mail: wlunn@bcm.tmc.edu



Chest. 2006;130(6):1900-1905. doi:10.1378/chest.130.6.1900
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It was not until after Dr. Ikeda’s introduction1 of the flexible bronchoscope in 1968 that bronchoscopy spread beyond the confines of the university medical centers. The flexible bronchoscope quickly eliminated the need for a general anesthetic to perform bronchoscopy. Indeed, after gaining experience performing flexible bronchoscopy on hospitalized patients with sedation and local anesthesia of the airway, physicians realized that bronchoscopy could be safely performed under the same conditions in an outpatient facility.2

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