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Rigid Bronchoscopy

Airway Passage

Rigid Bronchoscopy is a procedure used to gain access to the patients airway and allows the passage of larger airway instruments and cameras in order to diagnose and treat airway disease. Less than 6 percent of pulmonologists in the United States have the prior training needed to perform rigid bronchoscopy. (*1) Therefore, this form of bronchoscopy is done by highly trained individuals.

Why is it used?

  • Allows the pulmonary physician better airway access
  • Instruments, or airway devices, can be inserted through this rigid device
  • Infections, cancers, inflammatory conditions, sarcoidosis, and lymphoma can all be diagnosed by Bronchoscopy
  • Rigid bronchoscope can also be used to treat airway obstruction, airway narrowing (stenosis), airway cancers, bleeding, or remove foreign or aspirated objects

What Makes Rigid Bronchoscopy Different?

  • Patient always requires general anesthesia
  • Air (ventilation) can be delivered to the patient using the rigid scope

Benefits of Rigid Bronchoscopy

  • Secure airway during the procedure
  • Allows for larger biopsies, tamponade (stop) bleeding areas, removal of airway tumor and foreign objects, and deploying airway devices, such as tracheobronchial stents to keep collapsing airways open

Learn More About Rigid Bronchoscopy

At UC San Diego Medical Center’s Interventional Pulmonology Unit, the following interventional pulmonologists specialize in performing rigid bronchoscopy:  

All referrals will still have the option of continuing their treatment with their primary care physicians after the rigid bronchoscopy.

For an appointment, for more information, or to find out how to refer a patient, please contact the Interventional Pulmonology Unit, 619-543-5840.

(*1) H. Colt, U. Prakash and K. Offord, Bronchoscopy in the United States: Survey by the American Association for Bronchology, 1999, J Bronchol 7 (2000), pp. 8–25.

Interventional Pulmonology
UC San Diego Medical Center, 3rd Floor, South Wing
200 West Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 619-543-5840