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Bronchoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows visualization of the airways using a thin, flexible tube with a camera. It is used to diagnose and treat a variety of lung conditions, including:

  • Tumors
  • Infections
  • Blockages
  • Bleeding
  • Foreign bodies

During bronchoscopy, the doctor will insert the bronchoscope through the nose or mouth and into the lungs. The camera on the bronchoscope will allow the doctor to see the inside of the airways and take samples of tissue or mucus. The doctor may also use the bronchoscope to remove foreign bodies, treat bleeding, or insert stents to keep the airways open.

Diagram of a bronchoscope connected to a person's lungs.

Bronchoscopy is a safe and effective procedure that is usually done on an outpatient basis. The patient may experience some mild discomfort, such as a sore throat or cough, but these symptoms usually go away within a few days.

If you have been diagnosed with a lung condition, or if you are experiencing symptoms such as a persistent cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain, you may need to have a bronchoscopy. This procedure can help your doctor diagnose your condition and determine the best course of treatment.

Benefits of Bronchoscopy

  • Allows visualization of the airways
  • Can help diagnose a variety of lung conditions.
  • Can be used to take samples of tissue or mucus.
  • Can be used to remove foreign bodies.
  • Can be used to treat bleeding.
  • Can be used to insert stents to keep the airways open.

All the information on this website is for educational purposes only. Patients should not start any medication based on this information without the advice of a medical practitioner.