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Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Volume 2, Issue 4, Pages 207-210

Endobronchial Electrocautery Using Snare

National Kinki Central Hospital for Chest Diseases, 1180 Nagasme, Osaka, Sakai 591, Japan

Received 22 May 1995; Accepted 26 October 1995

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Between May 1987 and March 1994, upper airway and tracheobronchial electrosurgery with snare was performed in 13 patients (10 men and 3 women), ranging in age from 18 to 87 years. Four patients had benign lesions, and nine had malignant tumors. Total eradication has been achieved in the two patients with benign lesions. Electroexcision of the endobronchial portion of the tumor helped to clear the respiratory airways in all cases with malignant tumors. There has been no major side effects such as bleeding due to this method. Electrocautery is an available economical tool, which helps to diagnose and treat obstructing airway mass lesions.