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What are the side effects of a bronchoscopy?

What are the side effects of a bronchoscopy?

Not many: Usually, patients will have a sore throat for a few days. If biopsies are done, there may be some small amounts of blood coughed up for a few days. There is a chance of puncturing a lung with the biopsies if those are done. this potentially will require a chest tube and a stay in the hospital. There's also the chance of severe bleeding depending on what's done during the procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
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Bronchoscopy (Definition)

Bronchoscopy is a procedure to visually examine inside of the airways (trachea, bronchii). This can be done using a rigid bronchoscope or flexible fiber-optic scope. It can be used to obtain samples such as washings (bal) and biopsies for diagnosis. There are also therapeutic interventions ...Read more


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Had bronchoscopy with washing. Woke up from sedation,with left, side of lower lip swollen blister type thing. Is this normal? Should I pop it?

Had bronchoscopy with washing. Woke up from sedation,with left, side of lower lip swollen blister type thing. Is this normal? Should I pop it?

Don't pop it: This probably means that something was resting on your lip during the procedure and you were unaware because you were asleep. Most likely it was a mouth guard that is typically used - to make sure you don't bite down on the scope. If you can avoid it, I wouldn't pop it. This may open it up and risk infection. ...Read more

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What is done during bronchoscopy?

What is done during bronchoscopy?

Depends: on why it's done. If it's to clean out a mucous plug, then usually just suctioning. If it's done to look for infection, then maybe a bronchioalveolar lavage (BAL) and potentially biopsy. If its done looking for cancer, then biopsies and BAL. Brushes are also commonly done to get the lung tissue cells to be looked at for cancer. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bronchoscopy?

What is the definition or description of: bronchoscopy?

Airway examination: Bronchoscopy is a procedure to visually examine inside of the airways (trachea, bronchii). This can be done using a rigid bronchoscope or flexible fiber-optic scope. It can be used to obtain samples such as washings (bal) and biopsies for diagnosis. There are also therapeutic interventions that can be performed. ...Read more

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Bleeding after bronchoscopy, is this normal?

Bleeding after bronchoscopy, is this normal?

Yes: If biopsies were performed, a day or two of coughing up small amounts of blood is completely normal. If not biopsies were done, this isn't normal. Or if it's more than just a small amount, like less than a teaspoon per day. ...Read more

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Why would doctors typically want to do a bronchoscopy?

Why would doctors typically want to do a bronchoscopy?

Diagnosis/Therapy: Bronchoscopy is one of the main procedures performed by pulmonologists to help in the diagnosis of lung disease. Inspection of the airways is performed. Sometimes fluid or tissue is obtained for further analysis. Bronchoscopy can also be used for treatment of lung cancer, narrowing of the airways, and other lung problems. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Could a bronchoscopy tell what caused wegener's granulomatosis?

No it cannot: A bronchoscopy is useful for identifying that wegener's is affecting the lungs but it will not tell you the cause. Wegener's is in a class of conditions known as autoimmune. This is where the body does not recognize its own cells as being "self". In turn an immune response causes inflammation in the lungs, eyes and sinuses (the classic locatioins in the body to be affected by wegeners). ...Read more

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What is the main difference between bronchoscopy and endoscopy?

What is the main difference between bronchoscopy and endoscopy?

Lung vs gi tract: Bronchoscopy is the study where they look into your lungs with a bronchoscope. Endocopy, a non-specific term, usually refers to the procedure of looking into your GI tract (stomach, intestines). But, in general, endoscopy is any study that looks inside your body, so a bronchoscopy is a type of an endoscopy... ...Read more

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Going in this week for a bronchoscopy with biopsy. Does this hurt?

No: When we perform flexible bronchoscopy we administer IV sedation and pain medications. We also use local numbing agents to make the procedure more comfortable. Despite taking multiple biopsies, almost all patient report no pain or discomfort. In fact, they do not remember the procedure due to some of the anxiolytics that they receive. Some mild local throat irritation may occur for 24-48 hour. ...Read more

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Are you as anesthesiesed during a bronchoscopy like you are for a endoscopy?

Are you as anesthesiesed during a bronchoscopy like you are for a endoscopy?

Yes: Yes, in general the level of sedation is similar for most routine flexible bronchoscopies. A deeper level of sedation may be required for rigid bronchoscopy or more complex procedures. ...Read more

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Can i choke during a bronchoscopy? I am being sedated and scared if i start coughing i will start coughing and choke

Can i choke during a bronchoscopy? I am being sedated and scared if i start coughing i will start coughing and choke

Not likely: I see people cough all the time, some non-stop during the entire procedure, despite anesthesia sedating them and using lidocaine to numb the airway. None of them have ever choked. ...Read more

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Bronchoscopy--any pain form it?

NO: a bronchoscopy itself should not be painful. Your throat can be a little sore for a day or two afterwards. ...Read more

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Can a bronchoscopy be done easily?

Yes: This is a very common procedure and typically quite safe. If you are at a higher risk for complications, your pulmonologist will discuss it with you. ...Read more

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Can you be awake during bronchoscopy?

Can you be awake during bronchoscopy?

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. ...Read more

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Why would I have to get a bronchoscopy?

Better look: Usually for the doctor to get a better look at your upper or lower airway in order to properly diagnose you. ...Read more

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What should I feel during bronchoscopy?

Not much: Today most bronchoscopies are done with topical anesthesia and under moderate sedation (drugs that make a person very groggy but do not completely knock them out). Frequently there is some coughing but most people tolerate this procedure well and some do not remember the procedure afterward at all - "ready to go doc" after it is over is not an uncommon outcome. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get the results back from a bronchoscopy?

Varies: Right after the doctor can tell you what they saw. results of tests done (cultures, biopsies) can take a few days. ...Read more

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