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Rigid bronchoscopy: Intubation techniques

Henri G Colt, MD
Section Editor
Praveen N Mathur, MB, BS
Deputy Editor
Geraldine Finlay, MD


The rigid bronchoscope, which is a hollow stainless steel tube through which a rigid telescope is placed, provides access to the central airways. External diameters and lengths vary depending upon the manufacturer. The distal end of the rigid bronchoscope is usually beveled to facilitate intubation and lifting of the epiglottis; the proximal portion is equipped to accommodate attachments, provide side port ventilation, and permit insertion of ancillary instruments.

Intubation with the rigid bronchoscope usually prompts the following questions:

What anesthesia and patient preparation techniques are commonly used?

How is direct intubation performed?

Is laryngoscopically-guided intubation possible?


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