Table 2—

Comparison of the two methods of illumination for bronchoscopic photodynamic therapy(see text for details)

Instrument anaesthesiaEase and comfort for patientEase of operationAnaesthetic riskRisk of OF displacement/ coughClearance of airwayDealing with complication/ accidentComplexity of equipmentPost illumination/ debridement
FFB/topical±± (time-dependent)±+-/possible- (not adequate)-Difficult
Rigid + FFB/general+++++-+ (good)++ (very adequate)+Easy
  • OF: optical fibre; FFB: flexible fibreoptic bronchoscope. ±: slightly/more or less positive; +: positive; -: negative; ++: very positive.