Increase of lung function usage bronchoscopy in COVID-19 patients: Three case series in Indonesian adult

Christa Graziella Muljono, Isnin Anang Marhana, Irmi Syafaah, Herley Windo Setiawan, Bambang Pujo Semedi, Kun Arifi Abbas

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Background: COVID-19 is a virus that is spread by aerosol which can cause worsening of hypoxia and bronchoscopy procedures in COVID-19 patients may be considered. Method: The design of this study is a case series reported using the Preferred Reporting of Case Series in Surgery (PROCESS) 2020 Guideline. Data collection was carried out in the period January–April 2021. All participants underwent X-ray examination and blood gas analysis as well as signs of infection before and after bronchoscopy. Result: Three intubated patients with COVID-19 were confirmed from PCR nasopharyngeal swab present with worsening on chest X-ray. All three patients had a normal bronchial wall with some inflammation and thick mucus resulting in lung atelectasis and massive inhomogeneous opacity on chest X-ray. Patients showed improvement on chest X-ray after bronchoscopy intervention. Conclusion: The bronchoscopy procedure can improve the lung function of COVID-19 patients and if it is carried out by medical personnel who pay attention to universal precautions, it will minimize the occurrence of transmission.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106623
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • Bronchoscopy
  • COVID-19
  • Case series
  • Infectious disease


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