Funding for this research was provided by:
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (15K09179)
Received: 17 May 2017
Accepted: 29 November 2017
First Online: 12 December 2017
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: This study was approved by the institutional review board of Kagoshima University Medical and Dental Hospital and the committee’s reference number was 24-71. Written informed consent for this study was obtained before bronchoscopy.
: Witten informed consent for publication of all images in this manuscript was obtained from the patients.
: Hiromasa Inoue reports grants from Astellas, AstraZeneca, Boehringer-Ingelheim, ChugaiPharm, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, MerckSharp&Dohme, Teijin-Pharma, Torii, personal fees from Astellas, AstraZeneca, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Chugai-Pharm, GlaxoSmithKline, Kyorin, MerckSharp&Dohme, MeijiSeikaPharma, Novartis, Otsuka, Pfizer, outside the submitted work.
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