Rigid bronchoscopy and silicone stents in the management of central airway obstruction

Roy Semaan, Lonny Yarmus

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The field of interventional pulmonology has grown significantly over the past several decades now including the diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of complex airway disease. Rigid bronchoscopy is an invaluable tool in the diagnosis and management of several malignant and non-malignant causes of central airway obstruction (CAO) and has become integral after the inception of airway stenting. The management of CAO can be a complicated endeavor with significant risks making the understanding of basic rigid bronchoscopy techniques, ablative technologies, anesthetic care and stenting of utmost importance in the care of these complex patients. This review article will focus on the history of rigid bronchoscopy, the technical aspects of performing a rigid bronchoscopy as well as the use of silicone stents their indications, complications and placement techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S352-S362
JournalJournal of Thoracic Disease
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Ablative technologies
  • Central airway obstruction (CAO)
  • Rigid bronchoscopy
  • Silicone stenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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