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Bronchoscopy in panendoscopy: review and assessment

  • A Shahangian (a1) and E J Damrose (a1)



To determine the utility of bronchoscopy to identify synchronous primaries in head and neck cancer patients.

Study design:

Case series with chart review.


The charts of all patients undergoing bronchoscopy between January 2008 and December 2013 were reviewed. Only those undergoing bronchoscopy as part of panendoscopy for head and neck cancer were included. Operative reports, pathology reports and discharge summaries were reviewed for operative findings, complications and length of hospital stay.


A total of 404 charts were reviewed and 168 were included in the study. No synchronous primaries were identified. Bronchoscopy changed clinical management in one patient. There were no complications from bronchoscopy.


Bronchoscopy is a safe and well-tolerated procedure commonly performed in the investigation of head and neck cancer patients, but it adds little additional useful clinical information. Routine performance of bronchoscopy in this setting should be weighed against its added costs, and tailored to the individual patient.


Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Dr Edward J Damrose, Department of Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, 801 Welch Road, Stanford, CA 94305, USA Fax: +1 650 725 8502 E-mail:


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Presented at the 135th Annual Meeting of the American Laryngological Association, 14–15 May 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.



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