Archive for the ‘Pneumothorax’ Category

BAL is a procedure considered to have a low incidence of complications and has not been associated with pneumothorax in patients with interstitial lung disease. The pathophysiology of BAL-induced pneumothorax is not clear, but presumably is related to the associated airway obstruction, with impaired pressure equilibration of entrapped intra-alveolar gases, interstitial dissection of air, and, […]

Fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FOB) is associated with various complications, including cough, bronchospasm, and hypoxia. Pneumothorax has been known to occur following FOB when transbronchial, brush, or endobronchial biopsies are performed. Complications associated with bronchoal-veolar lavage (BAL) include fever, pneumonitis, bleeding, stridor, and bronchospasm. Use of FOB with BAL alone has, to our knowledge, not been reported […]