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Bronchoscopy guideline for COVID-19 pandemic: Use sparingly

Key clinical point: Bronchoscopy should be used sparingly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Major finding: Medical personnel should wear personal protective equipment when performing bronchoscopy, even on asymptomatic patients.

Study details: Systematic review and critical analysis of the literature led to recommendations drafted by 14 panelists selected by CHEST and the American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology.

Disclosures: Dr. Wahidi and colleagues have no financial relationships to disclose.


Wahidi MM et al. Chest. 2020 Apr 30. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2020.04.036.