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A 34-year-old member asked:

can you be awake during bronchoscopy?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Yes: For most bronchoscopies we use "conscious sedation"; this means that you are comfortable for the procedure but not usually put to sleep/asleep. The procedure should not be painful and should be comfortable. You may have coughing during the procedure.
Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Pediatric Pulmonology 22 years experience
Kids-no: In pediatrics bronchoscopies are done with deep sedation and the child is asleep, but breathing on their own.
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 16 years experience
Yes: I have seen 2 awake bronchoscopies. Both were on patients that were so hypoxic, if they were put to sleep, they would have likely ended up on the ventilator. Both patients did fine. Also, I talked to an attending once that had a bronch done while completely awake just so they could go to work when it was done.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Could a bronchoscopy be done at the doctor's office?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Not usually: Because conscious sedation (iv medications) are used during the procedure it is done in an outpatient endoscopy suite (usually associated with a hospital); most doctors do not do bronchoscopy in their office for this reason.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

How long could I be out of work after a bronchoscopy and how will I feel afterwards?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
None: When conscious sedation is used for. Bronchoscopy you should be able to return to normal activities the same day. You should not miss any work other than the day of the procedure.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Why would doctors typically want to do a bronchoscopy?

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Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Many reasons: To evaluate the anatomy of the bronchioles. Other reasons include rule out infections, evaluate masses and in some cases, sample enlarged lymph nodes. Sometimes, we biopsy bronchiole wall to evaluate for immune disorders.
A member asked:

What information do I have to bring along to do the bronchoscopy?

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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Bronch: Cxr ct and blood work blood pressure medication as usual, do not stop your md has to know about plavix (clopidogrel).
A 27-year-old member asked:

Do I have to see a specialist to get a bronchoscopy ordered?

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Dr. Alvaro Aranda
Pulmonology 35 years experience
Yes: A bronchoscopy is a specialized procedure performed by a trained specialist, usually a pulmonologist to visualize & inspect the major airways and take samples of fluids, biopsies as neccesary, etc. Procedure also to localize lesions, obstructions, nodes among other indications.

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