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. 2020 Apr 29.
doi: 10.1002/hed.26221. Online ahead of print.

Bronchoscopy, Laryngoscopy, and Esophagoscopy During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Bronchoscopy, Laryngoscopy, and Esophagoscopy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Priyanka D Reddy et al. Head Neck. .


Background: The United States now has the highest death toll due to COVID-19. Many otolaryngology procedures, including laryngoscopy, bronchoscopy, and esophagoscopy, place otolaryngologists at increased risk of coronavirus transmission due to close contact with respiratory droplets and aerosolization from the procedure. The aim of this study is to provide an overview of guidelines on how to perform these procedures during the coronavirus pandemic.

Methods: Literature review was performed. Articles citing laryngoscopy, bronchoscopy, esophagoscopy use with regard to COVID-19 were included.

Results: Laryngoscopy, bronchoscopy, and esophagoscopy are all used in both emergent and elective situations. Understanding the risk stratification of cases and the varied necessity of personal protective equipment is important in protecting patients and health care workers.

Conclusions: Summary guidelines based on the literature available at this time are presented in order to decrease transmission of the virus and protect those involved.

Keywords: COVID-19; bronchoscopy; coronavirus; esophagoscopy; laryngoscopy.

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