Interventional bronchoscopy in children

Chairs: Ernst Eber & Fabio Midulla

Interventional bronchoscopy includes associated techniques such as bronchoalveolar lavage, endobronchial and transbronchial biopsies, laser, tracheostomy, endoscopic intubationclosure of bronchopleural fistula, foreign body extraction, bronchial stent placement, drug application, and endobronchial ultrasound.

These techniques are of great relevance in the management of several complex respiratory diseases. The number of applications is constantly increasing, mainly due to the technological evolution in available instruments and devices. There is therefore a need to develop an updated ERS statement to investigate the following questions with a multi-disciplinary approach:

  1. to describe the indications for flexible and rigid endoscopy
  2. to describe the contraindications for each technique
  3. to identify areas for future research.