The role of bronchoscopy in examination and treatment of esophageal tumours. The esophageal tumours are diagnosed in many cases in inoperable stage, and if a surgical resolution is possible, it's a heroic, great operation with high mortality rates and poor results. The involvement of great airways should be explored preoperatively by imaging methods, but bronchoscopy is also mandatory. The authors report their one year's experience of 121 bronchoscopic examinations in esophageal cancer patients. The finding was negative in 40.5% of all examinations, and 29.7% was concerned the cancer propagation to bronchial system. 29.8% of all examinations resulted a suspicion of propagation. The opinion of bronchologist can be decisive postoperatively if a fistula is suspected, or after an esophageal stent implantation airway symptoms occur. Bronchoscopy is a standard method for removal of airway excretion. The author's overview is comparing their fifteen years experience with international literature.
|Translated title of the contribution||The role of bronchoscopy in examination and treatment of esophageal tumours|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - nov. 7 2004|
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