Interventional Pulmonology: A Focused Review for Primary Care Physicians

Med Clin North Am. 2019 May;103(3):399-412. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2018.12.001.


Interventional pulmonology (IP) has evolved in recent decades, and recent advances have greatly expanded the services offered by IP physicians. IP is best defined as the use of advanced techniques for the evaluation and treatment of benign and malignant pulmonary disorders. The field has further advanced with the recent establishment of a board certification via the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology and the release in 2017 of accreditation standards for specialized fellowship training. This article provides a broad overview of the field to serve as a resource for primary care physicians.

Keywords: Bronchoscopy; Interventional pulmonology; Lung cancer; Pleural disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ablation Techniques
  • Bronchial Thermoplasty
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Catheterization
  • Endosonography
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Lung Diseases / therapy*
  • Pleural Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Pleural Diseases / therapy*
  • Primary Health Care / methods*
  • Pulmonary Medicine / methods*
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopy