Howard M. Robbins, Douglass A. Morrison, Douglass A. Morrison
Apr 1, 1979
The efficacy of main carinal biopsy through the fiberoptic bronchoscope for evaluating resectability has not been determined. Forty-eight patients with carcinoma, but without gross neoplastic involvement of the main carina, underwent biopsy. Five (10 percent) had abnormal results on biopsy of the main carina. Three of the five patients were initially considered candidates for surgery. There were no complications from the procedure. Biopsy of the main carina through the fiberoptic bronchoscope is a valuable staging procedure in selected patients because of its simplicity and yield and the significance of abnormal findings.