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Bronchoscopy

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Bronchoscopy

What is Bronchoscopy?

During bronchoscopy, a bronchoscope (a lighted instrument with a video camera on its end) is inserted into the mouth and then down into the trachea in order to visualize the tracheobronchial tree.

Also Known As:

  • Endoscopy
  • Endoscopic surgery

Conditions Treated with Bronchoscopy:

Bronchoscopy is utilized in order to perform a biopsy or to diagnose and remove a foreign object or tracheobronchial tumor.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Bronchoscopy:

There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to bronchoscopy.

Anesthesia with Bronchoscopy:

Bronchoscopy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Bronchoscopy:

Possible risks following bronchoscopy include swelling, muscle spasm, tooth damage, sore throat, infection, bloody cough and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience airway obstruction.

Recovery from Bronchoscopy:

The total recovery time for bronchoscopy is up to ten days, if a biopsy is taken. 

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