Flexible Bronchoscopy

Flexible bronchoscopy is a procedure that enables your physician to examine the major passageways of your lungs. This allows your physician to evaluate your lungs and take tissue samples if needed. The procedure is performed in the outpatient center at the hospital. You will have mild sedation and your nose or mouth will be numbed. Your doctor will then insert a bronchoscope—a flexible narrow tube about the width of a pencil—through your nose or mouth into your lung

Why should I have a bronchoscopy?

Common reasons to have a bronchoscopy are:  abnormal chest x-rays or CT scans of the chest or coughing up blood. Tissue samples are sent to a laboratory for testing and can assist your physician in making a diagnosis.

How do I prepare for a bronchoscopy?

Your physician and nurses will go over specific instructions with you prior to the procedure. Blood tests are sometimes needed prior to the procedure.

What happens after the procedure?

When the procedure is complete, you will be observed until you are awake enough to leave. Your vital signs will be monitored. You will be given instructions to call the doctor’s office with any chest pain or difficulty breathing. It is normal to cough up a small amount of blood for 1-2 days after the procedure, but you will be directed to call if it is greater than a small amount. You will have a follow up in the office to discuss all results of the test.