Flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy. Diagnostic yield

Mohamed S. Sawy, B. Jayakrishnan*, Nasser Behbehani, Adnan T. Abal, Abdulsalam El-Shamy, M. G.Prabhachandran Nair

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Objective: Fiberoptic bronchoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure with a high diagnostic yield. The aim of this study was to document the usefulness of the procedure in the diagnosis of various respiratory disorders in a Middle East country. Methods: Data on all bronchoscopies carried out in Chest Diseases Hospital, Kuwait from January 1996 to December 1998 were retrospectively collected. Results: Out of 968 cases, only 620 (64%) patients had a full follow up. Suspected pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) (51.6%), unresolving pneumonia (16.1%), hemoptysis with a normal chest radiograph (8.4%), lung mass (7.7%) and hilar lymphadenopathy (3.2%) were the most common indications. Eleven percent of patients who underwent bronchoscopy had a normal chest radiograph, the reason being hemoptysis in 75.4%, inhalation injury in 21.8% and suspected upper airway obstruction in 2.9%. In smear negative suspected TB cases, 22.5% proved to have active disease. Acid fast bacillus was identified in bronchoalveolar lavage, either by smear or culture, in 44 (73.3%) patients with suspected pulmonary TB and in 6 (54.5%) patients with miliary shadows. An underlying cause was identified in 28 (28%) patients with unresolving pneumonia. Ninety-four percent of cases with clinical impression of bronchogenic carcinoma could be diagnosed. Transbronchial biopsy was diagnostic in 79% patients with diffuse parenchymal lung disease. No complications other than transient hypoxemia and controllable bleeding were noticed. Conclusion: Generally, the indications for flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy remained similar to elsewhere. Unlike western series, the majority of the cases were for the diagnosis of pulmonary infections especially TB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1459-1463
Number of pages5
JournalSaudi Medical Journal
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes

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