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

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

Dr. Ira Katz
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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Going in this week for a bronchoscopy with biopsy. Does this sound bad for prognosis?

Going in this week for a bronchoscopy with biopsy. Does this sound bad for prognosis?

No: Bronchoscopy is one of the main procedures performed to obtain tissue or fluid to help with diagnosis. Other procedures include ct guided biopsy as well as close radiologic follow up of ct or cxr abnormalities. The fact that you are undergoing bronchoscopy does not in itself suggest anything other than a need to obtain tissue to help your doctor with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Going in this week for a bronchoscopy with biopsy. Does this sound risky? Chances of bleeding inside?

No. Some is common.: This is safe procedure. Risk of excessive bleeding is very low. Some bleeding is common. You should hold any anti-platelet meds (e.g., aspirin, nsaids, Plavix etc) or coumdin for several days before. We typically say 5-7 days. Also depends on whether you are having lymph node biopsies (tbna) or actualy parenchymal biopsies (tblbx) or both. But doing both is routine and safe. ...Read more

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Can bronchoscopy use to get sample for lung biopsy?

Can bronchoscopy use to get sample for lung biopsy?

Yes: Your thoracic surgeon can perform a trans-bronchial biopsy with fluoroscopic guidance or ultra-sound guidance (ebus), or inreach/ilogic/superdimension/electromagnetic navigation to target and biopsy specific lung lesions. All these techniques are done with bronchoscopy. ...Read more

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How long does a kid stay typically inpatient after a lung biopsy during bronchoscopy for a trached 7yo? (crappy breathing, otherwise "ok")

Variable: A bronchoscopy with or without biopsy is fairly straightforward. The general description you've provided suggests a child that at baseline is chronically ill. Chances are the length of stay is more a matter of how long the child needs to recover from anesthesia in relation to baseline breathing challenges. Often this can be over night or it can be several days in a chronically ill child. ...Read more

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Bronchoscopy with biopsy of lung nodules was done, biopsy result shows normal bt bronchial washing shows poorly differentiate cancer, confused?

Bronchoscopy with biopsy of lung nodules was done, biopsy result shows normal bt bronchial washing shows poorly differentiate cancer, confused?

Sample and target: You do biopsy, brushings, and washes to increase chance of diagnosis. Many forms of bronchoscopy biopsies are somewhat blind. Nodules can be tricky to "hit". It is possible to take biopsies that do not "hit the target" or nodule/tumor. It's important that you have a comprehensive thoracic oncology team approach to care for both diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Chest xray showed something. Ct scan clear. Unable to do bronchoscopy today as i couldn't stop gagging. Whats next? Got to wait a week to see doctor

Chest xray showed something. Ct scan clear. Unable to do bronchoscopy today as i couldn't stop gagging. Whats next? Got to wait a week to see doctor

Sedation: We usually perform bronchoscopy using moderate sedation. This can definitely make the procedure more comfortable for patients. Ask your lung doctor about this. ...Read more

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Ct scan clear. Still bringing up blood. Breathlessness getting worse just going upstairs. Drained all the time. Gagged on bronchoscopy so not done?

Ct scan clear. Still bringing up blood. Breathlessness getting worse just going upstairs. Drained all the time. Gagged on bronchoscopy so not done?

Don't give up: Ct clear is good news, but there is still some sort of problem, and you need to get to the bottom of it. Get back to your health care provider and keep working on a solution. Your symptoms need to be understood and a diagnosis made. ...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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Can a bronchoscopy be done easily?

Can a bronchoscopy be done easily?

Varies: In pediatrics the procedure is more involved and an anesthesiologist, or an intensivist, is needed to deeply sedate the child for 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