Vessels of the central airways a bronchoscopic perspective

Anupam Kumar, Shine Raju, Aparna Das, Atul C. Mehta

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Blood supply of the tracheobronchial tree is derived from a dual system involving pulmonary and bronchial circulation. Various primary and secondary abnormalities of central airway vasculature can present with patterns that are distinct during bronchoscopy. These patterns maybe visualized during bronchoscopic evaluation of a patient with hemoptysis or as an incidental finding during an airway examination for other indications. Thorough knowledge of airway vasculature abnormalities and recognition of possible underlying pathophysiology is vital for the bronchoscopist. This review is a comprehensive description of vascular anatomy of the airway and the different vascular abnormalities that can be encountered during bronchoscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)869-881
Number of pages13
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

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© 2016 American College of Chest Physicians. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


  • Blood supply
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Vascular
  • Vessels


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