Published: 29 September 2018
Author(s): Michele Mondoni, Dejan Radovanovic, Giovanni Sotgiu, Fabiano Di Marco, Paolo Carlucci, Stefano Centanni, Pierachille Santus

Respiratory diseases are common cause of disability in the elderly and are often concomitant with other non-respiratory medical conditions. Interventional pulmonology includes advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, successfully employed for benign and malignant pulmonary diseases with a good safety profile.A few studies are available on the efficacy and the safety of these procedures (both bronchoscopic and pleural techniques) in the elderly. Paucity of data in these patients may support reluctant clinicians.

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