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What are some risks and limitations of interventional pulmonology procedures?

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Although interventional pulmonology procedures carry low risks, they are not risk-free. Uncommon complications include:

Interventional pulmonology procedures are generally safer and have a shorter recovery time, compared to surgery. However, surgery remains the best option for diagnosis and treatment of many lung conditions.

  • Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
  • Bleeding
  • Oversedation, leading to pneumonia or the need for temporary life support

From: Interventional Pulmonology WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Kennedy. M.P.  2008; vol 29: pp 453-464. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine,

Yoneda, K.Y. 2007; vol 8: pp 535-547. Clinical Lung Cancer,

Haas, A.R. 2007; vol 132: pp 1036-1041. Chest,

Folch, E. 2008; vol 29: pp 441-452. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine,

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Kennedy. M.P.  2008; vol 29: pp 453-464. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine,

Yoneda, K.Y. 2007; vol 8: pp 535-547. Clinical Lung Cancer,

Haas, A.R. 2007; vol 132: pp 1036-1041. Chest,

Folch, E. 2008; vol 29: pp 441-452. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine,

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

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