Bronchofibroscopy is a widely used exploration for the diagnosis of several pulmonary processes. However, its use in aged patients, these being considered a high risk group, is still a controversial issue. The aim of this study was to analyze the indications, diagnostic performance and complications of the bronchofibroscopy in the elderly and to determine if there are any differences with respect to the adult population. A retrospective case control study was conducted, taking as cases those patients with 70 or more years of age, and as controls, those patients with less than 70 years. The study period was 1 year, with 54 bronchofibroscopies performed in 49 patients from the study group and 149 in 145 patients from the control group. The indications were similar in both groups, except for the study of opportunistic infections, these being more frequent among the control group. Diagnostic performance and complications did not show any differences between both groups. Indications, performance and complications of bronchofibroscopy in aged patients are similar to those in the adult population. Hence, the age in itself should not be a limiting factor for the indication of this exploration.
|Journal||Anales de medicina interna (Madrid, Spain : 1984)|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1994|