Robert Bals
Pulmonary medicine is a sub-discipline of internal medicine with
several attractive characteristics. The use of endoscopic methods
for diagnosis and therapy offers the opportunity to work manually
and to improve patient outcomes significantly. In comparison
with other specialities, pulmonary interventional methods are
still underdeveloped, despite the fact that non-pharmacological
treatment often provides favourable outcomes. However, the field
of bronchoscopic intervention is developing quickly. In diagnosis,
new biopsy techniques and targeting strategies have been developed,
with the use of endoluminal ultrasound being an outstanding
approach of recent decades. In therapeutics, local cancer control
is one of the main fields, while interventional treatment of
COPD and asthma has raised significant recent interest. Despite
these exciting developments, many methods used in interventional
bronchoscopy require careful patient selection and the well-
developed skills of the highly trained medical team.
In this Monograph, we provide the reader with a broad and
detailed overview of the various applications of interventional
bronchoscopy. The book begins with a section on Technical
Aspects, which summarises standard techniques such as flexible
and rigid endoscopy. The Diagnostic Procedures section presents
information about novel and targeted biopsy approaches. The
final section considers Therapeutic Interventions, providing
chapters on the various approaches to the treatment of cancer,
haemoptysis, COPD and asthma, amongst others.
Through careful topic selection, the Guest Editors, Felix J.F.
Herth, Pallav L. Shah and Daniela Gompelmann, have created a
book that successfully summarises current knowledge in this
area. Together with the authors, they have produced a
practice-guideline publication that provides both background
information and hands-on guidance for use in the endoscopy
unit. I would like to thank the Guest Editors and all of the
authors for their hard work on this excellent book.
Disclosures: R. Bals has received grants from the German Research
Ministerium and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. He has also received
personal fees from GSK, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim and CSL Behring.
Copyright ©ERS 2017. Print ISBN: 978-1-84984-091-0. Online ISBN: 978-1-84984-092-7. Print ISSN: 2312-508X. Online ISSN: 2312-5098. ix
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