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OBJECTIVE. This study was to evaluate the benefit of using autofluorescence bronchoscopy for the detection and localization of endobronchial carcinoma.
MATERIALS AND METHODS. During January 2007 till December 2011; 350 patients, aged 35 to 90 years old, who were smokers or ex-smokers were examined by autoflorescent bronchoscopy. All cases were suspected to have lung cancer.
RESULTS. Premalignant, endobronchial cancer was found in 3 patients. Follow ups over the next four years discovered one patient developing severe dysplasia.
CONCLUSION. Autofluorescence bronchoscopy is able to enhance early detection in case of endobronchial lesion.
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