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  • What is a Bronchoscopy?

    Bronchoscopy is a procedure used to visualise the inside of your airways, larynx and lungs. It allows your doctor to diagnose airways abnormalities including inflammation, tumours, and other respiratory and lung conditions you may have. An instrument called a bronchoscope, which can be either rigid or flexible, is inserted into the airways through the nose or mouth. The procedure does not require general anaesthesia and is usually done using conscious sedation (medication that makes you sleepy and relaxed).

  • Bronchoscopy can be used to diagnose airways and lung abnormalities. If you have a chronic cough or you are coughing up blood, your doctor can perform a bronchoscopy to view the inside of your airways and therefore evaluate your lung symptoms. This examination can also be used when lung infections (eg. tuberculosis), lung cancer or scarring of the lung is suspected following x-ray examinations. When lung abnormalities are suspected, bronchoscopy allows tissue samples of the lungs to be collected from inside the lungs using biopsies or bronchoalveolar lavage.

    Bronchoscopy also has therapeutic purposes. For example, it can be used to remove fluid or mucus, or possible foreign objects that could be obstructing your airways. It can also be used to insert a stent (hollow wire mesh tube) to widen narrowed airways and it also helps with laser tumour removal.

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