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Interventional Pulmonology

Groundbreaking Treatments

For patients with complex airway disorders, lung cancer, thoracic conditions and pleural diseases, the Interventional Pulmonology Program at NCH offers advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in this emerging field.

Our interventional pulmonologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in minimally invasive techniques such as endobronchial ultrasound, electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy and pleurX® catheter placement for more accurate diagnoses and more effective treatment.

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Bronchoscopy — This procedure involves using a thin viewing instrument called a bronchoscope to diagnose problems with the airway, lungs and lymph nodes in the chest.

Therapeutic Bronchoscopy — Using a bronchoscope, physicians can perform laser resections, insert stents and remove obstructions.

Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) — This minimally invasive procedure helps diagnose lung cancer, infections, sarcoidosis and other diseases causing enlarged lymph nodes in the chest. It uses high frequency sound waves to create an anatomic view within the body. EBUS allows physicians to see beyond the bronchial wall to diseased tissue, lymph nodes and/or lesions outside of the bronchial airways, and obtain a biopsy without making any incisions.

Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy — This procedure utilizes electromagnetic technology to guide endoscopic catheters through the bronchial pathways of the lung. It acts much like a GPS system and creates a virtual, three-dimensional (3D) bronchial map from chest scans. Physicians can locate and biopsy lesions, stage lymph nodes and insert fiducial markers to guide radiation therapy or methylene blue to guide minimally invasive thoracic surgery.

Thoracentesis — This procedure involves draining the fluid around the lungs to alleviate abdominal fullness, pain and breathing issues.

PleurX® catheter placement — This procedure utilizes a special, tunneled catheter that allows patients to drain fluid around the lungs themselves instead of scheduling multiple visits for thoracentesis.

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Patients with lung cancer can count on the expert guidance of our patient navigator to answer your questions, coordinate your care and help you and your family throughout the process.

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NCH Thoracic Program

NCH offers the most advanced care to address thoracic conditions that affect the lungs, chest, esophagus and diaphragm.

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NCH can give you peace of mind by offering a second opinion or confirmation of your diagnosis. For more details, please call 1-844-NCH-HEALTH.

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Additional treatments
  • Argon plasma coagulation
  • Balloon bronchoplasty
  • Bronchothermoplasty
  • Cryotherapy
  • Endobronchial stent placement
  • Endobronchial valve placement
  • Fiducial marker placement
  • Laser bronchoscopy
  • Medical thoracoscopy (pleuroscopy)
  • Methylene blue tattoo
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Pigtail catheter placement
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pleural ultrasound
  • Pleurodesis
  • Pleuroscopy
  • Tracheostomy tube placement

Patients with chronic lung disorders who undergo treatment can also benefit from NCH’s pulmonary rehab program. Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), our two-phase outpatient program helps keep patients fit and healthy to prevent further complications.

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Seeking a second opinion?

NCH can give you peace of mind by offering a second opinion or confirmation of your diagnosis. For more details, please call 1-844-NCH-HEALTH.

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