What is the role of laryngotracheobronchoscopy in the workup of bacterial tracheitis?

Updated: Nov 26, 2018
  • Author: Sujatha Rajan, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Laryngotracheobronchoscopy is indicated.

  • Only definitive means of diagnosis

  • Direct visualization and culture of purulent tracheal secretions

  • May be therapeutic by performing tracheal toilet and stripping purulent membranes

  • Pediatric-sized bronchoscopes and experts at pediatric airway management not available at all facilities


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