Interventional Pulmonology at CMC Dubai

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Interventional pulmonology  Treatment At Clemenceau Medical Center Dubai

Interventional pulmonology , is a sub-specialty of pulmonary medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating lung diseases using minimally invasive techniques. Interventional pulmonologists use specialized tools and imaging techniques to perform procedures such as bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, and pleuroscopy to diagnose and treat various lung diseases.

Some common conditions that can be treated with interventional pulmonology techniques include lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, and pleural effusions (fluid buildup around the lungs).

The following are some of the procedures used in interventional pulmonology:

  • Bronchoscopy: This involves inserting a thin, flexible tube with a camera attached into the airways to visualize the lungs and perform biopsies or remove obstructions.
  • Thoracentesis: This procedure involves removing fluid or air that has accumulated in the space between the lungs and the chest wall.
  • Pleuroscopy: This is a minimally invasive procedure that involves inserting a small camera into the chest to examine the pleura (the lining around the lungs) and take tissue samples.
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS): This technique involves using an ultrasound probe on a bronchoscope to visualize lymph nodes and other structures in the chest.
  • Airway stent placement: This involves placing a small tube or stent into a blocked airway to help keep it open.
  • EBUS : Endobronchial ultrasound with transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) with Rapid On-Site Evaluation (ROSE) is a diagnostic procedure used in interventional pulmonology to evaluate abnormalities in the chest, such as lung cancer or other lesions.
  • Radial Ebus : Radial endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure used in interventional pulmonology to evaluate abnormalities in the peripheral or outer areas of the lungs. It involves using a small ultrasound probe on the end of a flexible bronchoscope to visualize and obtain tissue samples from the lung periphery.

Interventional pulmonology is an important area of pulmonary medicine that can help diagnose and treat lung diseases using less invasive techniques, leading to faster recovery times and fewer complications.


Interventional pulmonology procedures include bronchoscopy (a procedure that allows visualization of the airways), endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), navigational bronchoscopy, airway stenting, bronchial thermoplasty, pleuroscopy, endobronchial valve placement, and various other diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for lung nodules, tumors, airway blockages, and pleural diseases.

Traditional pulmonology focuses on the diagnosis and medical management of lung diseases, while interventional pulmonology specializes in performing minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat lung conditions. Interventional pulmonologists undergo additional training to gain expertise in these advanced procedures.

The recovery process after an interventional pulmonology procedure varies depending on the specific procedure performed. In general, patients can expect some soreness, mild discomfort, or irritation at the procedure site. Recovery times vary, but most patients can resume normal activities within a few days to a week. The healthcare team will provide specific post-procedure instructions for optimal recovery.

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