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Audit, research and guideline update
Summary of the British Thoracic Society guideline for diagnostic flexible bronchoscopy in adults
  1. I A Du Rand1,
  2. J Blaikley2,
  3. R Booton3,
  4. N Chaudhuri4,
  5. V Gupta2,
  6. S Khalid5,
  7. S Mandal6,
  8. J Martin4,
  9. J Mills7,
  10. N Navani8,
  11. N M Rahman9,
  12. J M Wrightson9,
  13. M Munavvar7,
  14. on behalf of the British Thoracic Society Bronchoscopy Guideline Group
  1. 1Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Worcester, UK
  2. 2The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  3. 3The University of Manchester, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, University Hospital South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK
  4. 4University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester, UK
  5. 5Royal Blackburn Hospital, Lancashire, UK
  6. 6Lane Fox Unit, St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK
  7. 7Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Preston, UK
  8. 8University College London Hospital, National Institute for Health Research University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre, London, UK
  9. 9Oxford Centre for Respiratory Medicine, NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, Oxford Respiratory Trials Unit, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ingrid Du Rand, Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Aconbury East, Charles Hastings Way, Worcester, WR5 1DD, UK; ingrid.durand{at}


Flexible bronchoscopy is an essential, established and expanding tool in respiratory medicine. Its practice, however, needs to be safe, effective and for the right indications to maximise clinical utility. This guideline is based on the best available evidence and is a revised update of the British Thoracic Society guideline on diagnostic flexible bronchoscopy.

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