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Tulane Lung Center - Interventional Pulmonology

Interventional pulmonology is a minimally invasive way to diagnose and treat lung disorders.  This includes lung cancer, emphysema, benign airway disorders and pleural diseases.

The Interventional Pulmonology Program offers a broad array of diagnostic, therapeutic and palliative procedures for complex airway disorders. 

Treated Diseases

Diseases commonly diagnosed and treated by our Interventional Pulmonary Service include:

  • Lung cancer
  • Lung nodule and lung mass
  • Mediastinal adenopathy/Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Benign tumors of the airways or lungs
  • Foreign object extraction
  • Hemoptysis (blood in sputum)
  • Malignant pleural effusion
  • Benign pleural effusion
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Bronchial stenosis
  • Complications of tracheostomy and intubation
  • Tracheobronchomalacia
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures

  • Rigid Bronchoscopy with laser tumor debridement & endobrochial stenting
  • Radial EBUS & Electromagnetic Navigation (SuperDimension) for biopsy of peripheral nodules
  • EBUS-guided TBNA for the assessment of thoracic lymphadenopathy
  • Ultrasound-Guided Pleural Procedures:
  • Thoracentesis
  • Indwelling pleural catheter (PleurX)
  • Small bore Chest Tube
  • Pleuroscopy with pleural biopsy & pleurodesis
  • Bronchial Thermoplasty for poorly controlled asthma
  • Balloon Dilatation for tracheal & bronchial stenosis
  • Cryotherapy
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Percutaneous Tracheostomy
  • Bronchial Value Placement for persistent air leak

Our Team
Fayez Kheir, MD, MSCR – Interventional Pulmonologist