This is an exam of the lungs' airways which uses a lighted tube with a camera on the end. A biopsy may be done to evaluate abnormal findings.
Bronchoscopy is an exam of the lungs airways which uses a lighted tube with a camera on the end.
The bronchoscope can be either flexible or rigid.
Bronchoscopy is usually done to find the cause of a lung problem. For example, it can help find:
Your healthcare provider may also do a bronchoscopy to treat a problem in the lungs, such as removing a blockage or cleaning out the airways.
Prior to the procedure, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before the procedure. These may include:
If you are a smoker, you should quit smoking, as it can interfere with your recovery.
You will probably be given a medicine to help make you sleepy and relaxed (a sedative). Your throat will also be numbed before the procedure.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a bronchoscopy?
After your procedure, you should know what you had done, what medication was given, and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider. You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans.
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