Marshall I. Hertz, Paul Gustafson

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Flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FFB) is an important tool in the diagnostic and therapeutic armamentarium of the critical care practitioner. In this chapter the indications, contraindications, and complications of FFB are discussed. FFB requires specialized training and should be performed only by experienced individuals; therefore, a detailed review of the technique of the procedure is beyond the scope of this chapter. A brief description of the method of performing FFB and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) in critically ill patients is included to assist critical care physicians in the management of patients during and after these procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSurgical Critical Care, Second Edition
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780824721480
ISBN (Print)9780824759117
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005


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