Endobronchial Tamponading

This is a life saving procedure performed during bronchoscopy to rapidly control the bleeding from the airways or lungs. It is a simple procedure but requires high end expertise. After identifying the site of bleeding, an endobronchial balloon is threaded over a guide wire and inflated at the opening of the bleeding segment to produce tamponade. Once bleeding comes under control the balloon can be easily pulled out. The procedure has >90% success rate.