Interventional Pulmonology – MedStar Health

Interventional pulmonology offers minimally invasive diagnostic, therapeutic, and palliative procedures in patients with pulmonary nodules, lung cancer, airways malignancies, benign airways disease, pleural disease, and complicated asthma.

Advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy

  • Electromagnetic navigation diagnostic bronchoscopy (Super D)
  • Convex probe endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Peripheral endobronchial ultrasound (RP-EBUS)
  • Airway ultrasound (RP-EBUS)
  • Fluoroscopy

Therapeutic bronchoscopy and interventional pulmonology treatment

Central airway disease

  • Rigid bronchoscopy
  • Balloon bronchoscopy
  • Argon plasma coagulation
  • Cryotherapy
  • Endobronchial electrosurgery
  • Endobronchial mitomycin-C to delay airway restenosis
  • Endobronchial steroid injection for inflammatory diseases
  • Foreign body removal
  • Stent placement (i.e., hybrid and silicone stents)
  • Stent removal/surveillance
  • Fiducial placement for CyberKnife Therapy

Pleural disease

  • Medical thoracoscopy, pleural biopsies, diagnosis and management of recurrent pleural effusions
  • Pleurodesis via talc clurry and poudrage
  • Tunneled pleural catheter
  • Thoracentesis +/- thoracic ultrasound guidance

Lung cancer

Advanced or complex cases of asthma

  • Bronchial thermoplasty, a safe outpatient bronchoscopy procedure that uses mild heat to reduce excessive smooth muscle in the airways, which helps reduce severe asthma attacks.


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Additional procedures

  • Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy

Our providers

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