A bronchoscopy is a diagnostic tool used to evaluate abnormalities in the lungs and air passages. It allows a doctor to look at the inside of your lungs, identify any problems, and take a biopsy if needed. A bronchoscopy can be used to diagnose conditions such as lung cancer, tuberculosis, and pneumonia. It can also help identify blockages in the airways that may be causing difficulty breathing.
A bronchoscopy is most commonly done to identify the cause of a lung problem, such as a persistent cough or an abnormal chest X-ray. It can also be used to diagnose conditions such as lung cancer, tuberculosis, and pneumonia. A bronchoscopy may also be necessary to clear blocked airways or to take a biopsy of suspicious tissue.
A bronchoscopy is a relatively short procedure that usually lasts 30 minutes to 1 hour. The doctor will insert the bronchoscope into your lungs through your nose or mouth. He or she will then examine your lungs and airways. If necessary, the doctor may take a biopsy or clear any blockages.
You will need to stop eating and drinking for a few hours before the procedure. You may also need to stop taking certain medications, including blood thinners and aspirin. Your doctor will give you specific instructions.
You will be sedated for the bronchoscopy, so you may need someone to drive you home after the procedure. Be sure to arrange for transportation ahead of time.
You may experience some mild discomfort, such as a sore throat. You will be able to go home shortly after the procedure is completed. You should avoid strenuous activity for the rest of the day. You may also experience some short-term side effects from the sedative or numbing medicine, such as drowsiness, dizziness, or nausea.
If you have any concerns after the procedure, please call your doctor.
Complications from bronchoscopy are uncommon and usually minor, although they are rarely severe. Complications may be more likely if airways are inflamed or damaged by disease. Complications may be related to the procedure itself or to the sedative or topical numbing medicine.
The most common complication is a temporary sore throat.
Other possible complications include:
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