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Curettes, Biopsy, Bronchus, Endoscopic

Definition : Biopsy curettes designed to remove superficial tissue from the internal wall of the bronchial tree through an endoscope (i.e., bronchoscope), usually under imaging (e.g., fluoroscopic, helical computed tomography) guidance. These curettes are typically manual instruments with a long shaft and a distal working end that resembles a solid or ring-like spoon of a size appropriate for introduction through the working channel of the bronchoscope and a proximal end with a mechanism that permits manipulation (e.g., flexion, rotation) of the working end. Bronchoscopic biopsy curettes are available for use with flexible (e.g., double-hinged curettes) or rigid endoscopes; they are typically used to obtain samples of bronchial tissue and/or tumors.

Entry Terms : "Curettes, Bronchoscopic" , "Bronchus Curettes, Endoscopic" , "Bronchus Curettes"

UMDC code : 21308

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