History of Bronchoscopy

History of Bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopy was first performed in 1897 by the German physician Gustav Killian. Dr. Killian performed rigid bronchoscopy. Rigid bronchoscopy was the only available technique for bronchoscopy until the late 1970's when fiberoptic technology was applied to bronchoscopy. With the advent of "interventional pulmonology", a sub-specialty of pulmonary medicine, rigid bronchoscopy is being performed more frequently but far less often than flexible bronchoscopy.


Killian developed the infralaryngeal examination



Gustav Killian 1860-1921