The bronchoscope will be put into the nose or mouth. It will be passed down the throat and into the lungs.
Images will be seen on a nearby monitor. The scope may be used to remove a small tissue sample for biopsy. Things that should not be in the lung, like inhaled food, will also be removed. Sometimes a solution is used to wash an area. This is called a lavage. It will help to collect samples of fluid for testing.
How Long Will It Take?
Less than 1 hour
Will It Hurt?
Throat pain is common in the first few days. Medicine can and home care can help.
Most can go home after a few hours. It will take the rest of the day to recover.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
Signs of infection, such as fever and chills
Coughing with more than a teaspoon of blood
Severe nausea or vomiting
An increase in noisy breathing
Pain that you cannot control with medicine
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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