What types of bronchoscopic interventions are used in the treatment of secondary lung tumors?

Updated: Feb 08, 2019
  • Author: Daniel S Schwartz, MD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Local control by bronchoscopic intervention is reserved for symptomatic patients with tracheobronchial metastasis, provided that a reasonable life expectancy may be anticipated with successful resection. Options are as follows:

  • Neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser resection of the endoluminal tumor
  • Electrocauterization
  • Argon plasma coagulation
  • Cryotherapy
  • Brachytherapy
  • Mechanical removal of the obstruction with rigid bronchoscopy
  • Endoluminal stent placement

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