Inadvertent Retroflexion of a Flexible Bronchoscope: Report of Two Cases

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Two cases of inadvertent retroflexion of a flexible bronchoscope that occurred while wedging the tip of the bronchoscope into a bronchus of the right upper lobe are described. The bronchoscope acutely turned upward in the left main bronchus in the first patient and in the right main bronchus in the second. To correct this problem, the tip of the bronchoscope was inserted into the opposite main bronchus, and the bronchoscope was gently pulled while the curvature of the flexed portion was simultaneously observed with fluoroscopy. Retro-flexion was safely corrected with this method without removal of the bronchoscope in both patients.

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