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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.
Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Pediatric Pulmonology 22 years experience
Pulmonologist or ENT: Most often this procedure is done by adult or pediatric pulmonologists. Ear nose and throat doctors (ENT) also perform bronchoscopies (often by a slightly different method) and occasionally surgeons can do them.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: Bronchoscopy is not really "ordered". You will be referred for consultation by a specialist; thoracic surgeon, pulmonologist, or otolaryngologistst (ent). The specialist will discuss with you why they advise a bronchoscopy, what he/she is looking for, and what you can expect (risk/benefits) of the procedure.

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