Endoscopy in the Intensive Care Unit
During the past three decades, the technology of endoscopy has led to sophisticated optics and simple-to-use devices that are practical for use in critically ill patients. The upper airway, lung, and gastrointestinal passageways are accessible by endoscopy. In the intensive care unit, endoscopy is commonly performed for therapeutic reasons and for diagnostic purposes. This chapter reviews the indications, contraindications, techniques, and complications of laryngoscopy, bronchoscopy, and gastrointestinal endoscopy in critically ill patients.
KeywordsBronchoalveolar Lavage Endotracheal Tube Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Blunt Chest Trauma Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy
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