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Flexible bronchoscopy with moderate sedation in COPD: a case-control study.

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2016
Author Grendelmeier P, Tamm M, Jahn K, Pfimlin E, Stolz D,
Project The vicious-cycle of acute exacerbation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: orchestration of infection, systemic inflammatory response and airway remodelling
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal International Journal of COPD
Volume (Issue) in press
Page(s) in press - inpress
Title of proceedings International Journal of COPD
DOI 10.2147/COPD.S119575


Flexible bronchoscopy is increasingly used for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. We aimed to examine the safety of flexible bronchoscopy with moderate sedation in patients with COPD. This study is a prospective, longitudinal, case-control, single-center study including 1,400 consecutive patients. After clinical and lung function assessments, patients were dichotomized in COPD or non-COPD groups. The primary end point was the combined incidence of complications. The incidence of complications was similar in patients with and without COPD and independent of forced expiratory volume in the first second % predicted. Patients with COPD more frequently required insertion of a naso- or oropharyngeal airway; however, this difference was no longer significant after adjustment for age, gender, and duration of the procedure. Hypotension was significantly more common among patients with COPD. The number of episodes of hypoxemia ≤90% did not differ between the groups. However, patients with COPD had a lower mean and nadir transcutaneous oxygen saturation. Transcutaneous carbon dioxide tension (PtcCO2) change over the time course was similar in both groups, but both peak PtcCO2 and time on PtcCO2 >45 mmHg were higher in the COPD group. There were no differences in patient-reported outcomes. The safety of flexible bronchoscopy is similar in patients with and without COPD. This finding confirms the suitability of the procedure for both clinical and research indications.